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Soil Health Card Day

Published on February 19, 2020
Current context: The Soil Health Card Day will be observed on 19th February 2020.
Soil Health Card Day

  • The day is being observed to commemorates the day Soil Health Card Scheme (SHC) was launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on February 19, 2015, at Suratgarh, Rajasthan.
  • SHC is a Government of India's scheme promoted by the Department of Agriculture & Co-operation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare.
  • It contains the status of soil with respect to 12 parameters, namely
    1. N,P,K (Macro-nutrients)
    2. S (Secondary- nutrient)
    3. Zn, Fe, Cu, Mn, Bo (Micronutrients)
    4. pH, EC, OC (Physical parameters)
  • Fifth-year of the launch of Soil Health Card is being observed across the country to create awareness about the benefits of the scheme.
  • The International Year of Soils was also celebrated the same year.
  • The objectives of the Soil Health Card (SHC) scheme are:
    1. To issue soil health cards to farmers every two years so as to provide a basis to address nutritional deficiencies in fertilization practices.
    2. To ensures additional income to farmers by the increase in yields.
    3. To promotes sustainable farming.
  • The scheme has been introduced to assist State Governments to issue SHCs to all farmers in the country.

Question: 

Q.1 The Soil Health Card Day 2020 is being observed on which date?
a. 18th February
b. 19th February
c. 20th February
d. 21st February
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