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1. Soil Health card Scheme (SHC) 

About Scheme:
  • Soil Health Card Scheme has been introduced in year 2014-15 to assist State Governments to issue soil health cards to all farmers in the country. Soil health card will provide information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil along with recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility. Soil status will be assessed regularly every 2 years so that nutrient deficiencies are identified and amendments applied. 
  • Soil Health Card was launched in February, 2015. 
  • Soil Health Card scheme has been approved for implementation during the remaining period of 12th Plan to provide 12 crore Soil Health Cards to the farmers in the country. Soil health card is being issued every 2 years for all land holdings in the country so as to promote balanced and integrated use of plant nutrients.
  • Nation-wide program to conduct farm level soil analysis.

Objectives of soil health card scheme (SHC):

  • To provide information to farmers on soil nutrient status of their soil and recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility. 
  • Provide customized crop specific recommendation for nutrient application. 

Progress of soil health card scheme (SHC):

By December, 2018, 10.48 crores Soil Health Cards has been distributed. 


2. Soil Health management (SHM) 

About scheme:
  • Under Soil Health Management (SHM) scheme, Government is promoting Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) i.e. soil test based balanced use of fertilizers in conjunction with bio-fertilizers and locally available organic manures like Farm Yard Manure, Compost, Vermi Compost and Green Manure to maintain soil health and its productivity.
  • Under the SHM scheme there is provision to set up new static Soil Testing Laboratories (STLs) and new Mobile Soil Testing Laboratories besides strengthening of existing laboratories to enable them to undertake micro-nutrient testing.

Soil Health Management under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture consists of following components:
  • Setting up of new Soil Testing laboratories (STL) (static/mobile/mini labs) and strengthening of existing Soil Testing laboratories.
  • Training of STL staff/extension officers/ farmers/field functionaries and field demonstrations on balanced use of fertilizers etc.
  • Promotion and distribution of micro nutrients.
  • Setting up of new Fertilizer Quality Control Laboratories (FQCL) and strengthening of existing state Fertilizer Quality Control Laboratories. 

Objectives of Soil Heath Management Scheme:

  • To promote soil test based balance use of fertilizer in conjunction with organic sources of plant nutrients and bio fertilizer.
  • To make agriculture more productive, sustainable and climate resilient.
  • To adopt comprehensive soil health management practices. 

Progress of Soil Heath Management Scheme:

The year wise numbers of STLs sanctioned under the scheme are given in table below:-
  1. Soil Testing Labs Established
Component / year
New Static STLs
New Mobile STLs
Setting up of Mini soil testing labs


2. Cycle-I. 

As on 24.01 2018, against the target of 253 lakh soil sample, 100% soil samples have been collected and tested. Against the target of 1119 lakh soil health cards, 1048.12 lakh (i.e. 94%) cards have been distributed to farmers. 2. 

3. Cycle-II. 

The 2nd Cycle of the scheme started from 1st May 2017. As on 24.01 2018, against the target of 127.31 lakh soil sample collection for the year 2017-18, 103.49 lakh samples have been collected and 63.54 lakh samples tested. Against the target of 626.96 lakh soil health cards, 115.69 lakh cards have been distributed to farmers. 

Benefits of SHc and SHm Scheme:

  • Soil health card promote balance and judicious use of plant nutrients.
  • Soil test based applications of major, secondary and micro nutrients. 
  • Adoption of Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) leads to reduction in consumption of chemical fertilizer.
  • Application of fertilizer based on soil health card recommendations decreases the use of chemical fertilizer by 8-10%.
  • Application of fertilizers on soil health card recommendation leads to increase the yield of crops by 5-6 % and increase the farmers income.

Livestock population in India rises 4.6 per cent to nearly 536 million, shows census:

Latest News - (Updated On - 10 October 2019)

The population of cows in the country has risen by 18 per cent in the last seven years, while that of oxen dipped by 30 per cent, according to the latest census of livestock. The total number for livestock was pegged at around 536 million.

The provisional data of the 20th Livestock Census released by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying on Wednesday showed that the livestock population increased by 4.6 per cent, from 512.06 million in 2012. Besides, there was a spectacular 16.8 per cent increase in the poultry population in the country to 851.81 million, mainly on account of a 46 per cent rise in backyard poultry birds, whose numbers have gone up to 317 million.

The number of female cattle is 145.12 million, which is 18 per cent over the 122.98 million in 2012. The number of male cattle, on the other hand, dropped to 47.4 million as against 67.92 million in 2012. Significantly the male to female cattle ratio in the 2019 survey dropped to 1:3 from 1:1.8 in the 2012 livestock survey. 

Interestingly, there is a 6 per cent decline in the total number of indigenous cattle over the previous census. On the contrary, the population of total exotic/crossbred cattle has increased by 26.9 per cent in 2019 as compared to previous census. 

Among the States, Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of livestock of 67.8 million (68.7 million in 2012), followed by Rajasthan 56.8 million (57.7 million), Madhya Pradesh: 40.6 million (36.3 million) and West Bengal: 37.4 million (30.3 million). 

While cattle accounted for 35.94 per cent of total livestock in the country, goats accounted for 27.80 per cent, buffaloes: 20.45 per cent, sheep: 13.87 per cent and pigs: 1.69 per cent. 

As compared to the previous census, the percentage of sheep and goats has increased whereas the percentage of cattle, buffaloes and pigs has marginally declined. The total number of milch animals (in-milk and dry) in cows and buffaloes is 125.34 million, an increase of 6 per cent over the previous census. 

The country now has a total of 109.85 million buffaloes as compared to 108.70 million in the 2012 census. The goat population, on the other hand, went up to 148.88 million showing an increase of 10.1 per cent over the previous census. The total number of sheep in the country is 74.26 million in 2019, an increase of 14.1 per cent over the previous enumeration. 

For the latest round of census, more than 80,000 personnel were in the field collecting data from more than 27 crore households and non-households using tablets. According to the official statement, this was a unique attempt to digitize household level data transmitted directly from the field.

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  1. Very productive. Please include all the schemes to and current affairs related to afo exam or else provide pdf.

  2. All in one ,sir please provide govt scheme pdf of Top 20 in summerise manner .thank you