JORHAT, Dec 16 - To improve agricultural productivity through sustainable measures across the length and breadth of the State, Assam Agricultural University (AAU) recently distributed 5,627 soil-health cards to the farmers of 23 districts under the scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana (RKVY).
Each of the farmers can avail scientific information about the existing nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potash and the micro-nutrients including zinc and iron in his or her particular area of agricultural land as the soil-health cards included all such information.
Officials concerned of the AAU said that the cards also included applicable suggestions to use fertilisers, water and many nutritional components in a scientifically-prescribed way for principal crops like rice, pulses.
�Before we distribute the cards to the farmers samples of soil of their agricultural land were collected. Our scientists examined the percentage of available nutrients in the soil. Every soil-health card contains those nutritional elements which were found in their lands during examination in soil-testing laboratory. Scientists prescribed the proportion of fertilisers to be used in those land areas for better crop-production and sustainable health of those agricultural land areas,� said a senior official of the AAU.
He also said that the absence of necessary nutrients in the tasted soil is also mentioned in the cards including the advisory for using extra-nutrients by the farmers.
As the Union Agriculture Ministry allotted required fund to the State and instructed to distribute those cards during the celebration of World Soil Health Day on December 5; the AAU handed over the 5,627 soil-health cards through their 23 Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Karbi Anglong, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri districts.
Lok Sabha MP Bijoya Chakravarty, Rajen Gohain, Parliamentary Secretary Hemanta Talukdar, Rupjyoti Kurmi, MLA Rajen Borthakur and many other peoples� representatives also participated in the distribution programmes at their respective constituencies in different districts.