Dimapur, February 19: Along with the rest of the country, Nagaland observed Soil Health Card Day on February 19 across all 11 districts in coordination with KVKs and other agri and allied departments.
The Soil Health Card Day was celebrated with the objective of scaling up awareness on importance, values and benefits of Soil Health Card based recommendation amongst farmers of the State. The Department under the pilot project on model villages during 2019-20 has adopted one village in each of the 74 blocks, where Soil Health Card will be provided to each and every farmer after analysis based on the land holdings. Besides providing SHCs, Kisan Mela and demonstrations are also scheduled for all the 74 villages in the coming months in order to sensitize the farmers on the importance of soil health management and its benefits in crop production, informed K Khekiho Shohe, joint director & State Nodal Officer for Soil Health Card & Management, Soil & Water Conservation.
In the regional level, a workshop was organized at Dr M S Swaminathan Hall, ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya with Parshottam Rupala, Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, GoI as the chief guest. The programme included overview of Soil Health Cards, Integrated Nutrient Management, presentation & experience sharing by representatives from line departments and farmers from all the 8 NE states.
K Khekiho Shohe, joint director and State Nodal Officer for Soil Health Card & Management represented the State in the programme where he addressed the gathering on the perspectives of shifting cultivation and its sustainability through incorporation of best soil and water conservation technologies at the farmers’ field for attaining long term agriculture production and doubling of farmers’ income. He also highlighted the activities undertaken by the department as an implementing agency in the State.
The Department of Soil and Water Conservation, Government of Nagaland is zealously taking up the pilot project on model village during 2019-20 on a war footing to provide Soil Health Cards to 27,304 farmer beneficiaries within a stipulated time and also to promote and distribute micronutrients covering 70,000 ha. The department is also gearing up for setting up the state of the art Soil Testing Laboratories (STLs) in all the district headquarters and Fertilizer Quality Control Laboratory (FQCL) & Bio Organic Fertilizer Quality Control Laboratory (BOQCL) at Dimapur with the aim of delivering commendable services to the farming communities of the State.
Longleng: District Soil & Water Conservation Department Longleng observed Soil Health Card Day on February 19 at Soil Office Longleng, with DSCO Longleng, Senlichila Ao as resource person.
The resource person emphasized on the benefits and usage of soil health care as it increases productivity level by 5-6% and decreases the use of chemicals by 10%.
She urged the farmers not to use chemicals mixture in the soil in order to get organic food, instead she advised them to practice organic way of farming. She encouraged the participants to maintain the soil health through organic farming which is beneficial for healthy growth of crops.
Cards will be issued in the first phase to 3 villages under Longleng District namely Yachem village, Kangching village and Yangching village. Around 200 farmers received the soil health care.
Wokha: Department of Soil & Water Conservation organized Soil Health Card Day on February 19 at Wokha Village Council Hall during the inauguration of Mini Soil Testing kit and Soil Health Cards scheme by ADC Wokha, K Mhathung Tsanglao.
The ADC said through the scheme farmers will be benefited to a great extent in terms of yielding more organic agri-products. He urged the farmers to take up corrective measures in their farming practices to maintain productivity.
Introducing the scheme, JSCO Wokha, Nzanbeni Jami said the scheme aims at issuing soil health cards to farmers every two years in order to address nutritional deficiencies in soil.
SCA, Yanpothung Jami gave demonstration about the kit. The function was chaired by DSCO, Wokha, Litemo Murry.
(Page News Service)