National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility: Odisha

Details of National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility
Name of the SchemeNational Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility
Sponsored byCentral Government
Funding PatternThe scheme has been approved for implementation during the 11th Five Year Plan with a total outlay of Rs. 429.85 crores for various components. In case of State Government Departments and agencies associated with it, ICAR and SAUs, funds can be released by SDA directly to the institute concerned or agency.
Ministry/DepartmentAgriculture Department
DescriptionIndia is the third largest producer and consumer of fertilizers in the world, after China and USA. The impressive growth of consumption of fertilizer in India in the post-green revolution period ensured increase in foodgrain production from 74.0 million tonnes in 1966 to 1967 to 209.8 MT during 1999 to 2000. Based on the recommendations of the Task Force on Balanced use of Fertilizer, this new Centrally Sponsored Scheme entitled National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility has been formulated. The scheme is broad based in terms of its activities, subsidy rates etc. The component relating to Balanced Use of Fertilizers, will henceforth be taken out of the purview of the Revised MMA Scheme and subsumed in the National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility.The scheme is being launched with the following broad objectives, i. To facilitate and promote Integrated Nutrient Management through judicious use of chemical fertilizers, including secondary and micro nutrients, in conjunction with organic manures and bio fertilizers, for improving soil health and its productivity. ii. To strengthen soil testing facilities and provide soil test based recommendations to farmers for improving soil fertility and economic return to farmers. iii. To improve soil health through green manuring. iv. To facilitate and promote use of soil amendments for reclamation of acidic or alkaline soils for improving their fertility and crop productivity. v. To promote use of micro nutrients for improving efficiency of fertilizer use. vi. To upgrade the skill and knowledge of STL or extension staff and farmers and their capacity building through training and demonstration including demonstration on farmers fields regarding benefits of balanced use of fertilizers. vii. To ensure quality control of fertilizers through strengthening of fertilizer quality control facility including training to enforcement officers of State Governments for effective implementation of Fertilizer Control Order. viii. To provide financial assistance for upgrading and setting up of STLs or Fertilizer Testing Laboratories and various activities for promoting balanced use of fertilizers. The training programme to be organized for farmers on Balanced Use of Fertilizers will be a two day programme. State Governments and agencies associated with it or ICAR or SAUs or Fertilizer Industry are responsible for this training programmes.
Other BeneficiariesFarmers
Benefit TypeSubsidy,
Eligibility criteriaBasically farmers are eligible for this scheme.
How to AvailTo avail this scheme, one can contact to the NGOs, concrned corporations, departments, directorates.
Validity of the Scheme
Introduced On 01 / 01 / 2000
Valid Upto 01 / 01 / 2012
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