School Soil Health Programme

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Overview:

Recently, the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Union Minister for Rural Development inaugurated School Soil Health Programme, New Delhi.

About School Soil Health Programme

  • The Department of Agriculture and Farmers welfare in collaboration with the Department of School Education and Literacy has undertaken a pilot project on school soil health programme.
  • Features
    • Under the project, 20 soil labs were set up in 20 schools of Kendriya and Navodaya Vidylaya of rural areas.
    • Study modules were developed and training was given to students and teachers.
    • Mobile application was customized for the school programme and portal is having a separate segment for the programme where in all the activities of students has been documented.
    • Now, this programme has been scaled up in 1000 schools.
    • Under this programme Kendriya Vidyalya, Navodaya Vidyalya and Eklavya Model Schools have been taken under this programme. Schools are being onboarded on the portal and online batches are being created.
    • Department of Agriculture and Farmers welfare (DA&FW) through National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will setup soil labs in these schools.
    • School students will collect soil samples, test in the labs set up in schools and generate Soil health Card.
    • After generating Soil Health Card, they will go to the farmers and educate them about recommendation of Soil health Card.

Significance of School Soil Health Programme

  • The programme will provide students with the chance to conduct experiments, analyze soil samples, and explore the fascinating biodiversity within the soil.
  • By engaging in practical activities, students will develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and a holistic understanding of the interconnectedness of ecosystems.

Q1) What is the objective of Soil Health Card scheme?

The objective of the scheme is to issue soil health cards to farmers every 2 years so as to provide a basis to address nutritional deficiencies in fertilization practises.

Source: School Soil Health Programme and Central Fertilizer Quality Control and Training Institutes’ portal was launched.