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Soil Health Card Day

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
Soil Health Card Day Soil Health Card Day Reviewed by Neha Verma on February 19, 2020 Rating: 5

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