Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister launched 3 web portals viz. Soil
Health Card portal, Fertiliser Quality Control System portal and Participatory
Guarantee System – India portal here today. Ministers of States for
Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya
is also present on the occasion.
Shri Singh informed the press about the details and functioning of
the web portals. The details about the portals is as follows:
Soil Health Card
Portal: (To view
State wise data on Soil Health Card, click here.)
Under the scheme, Soil
Health Card portal has been developed for registration of soil samples,
recording test results of soil samples and generation of Soil Health Card (SHC)
along with Fertilizer Recommendations. This is a single, generic,
uniform, web based software accessed at the URL www.soilhealth.dac.gov.in
. It is a workflow based application with following major modules; (i) Soil
Samples Registration (ii) Test Result Entry by Soil Testing Labs (iii) Fertilizer
Recommendations based on STCR and GFR (iv) Soil Health Card generation along
with Fertilizer Recommendation and micronutrient suggestions (v) MIS module for
It promotes uniform
adoptions of codes for e.g. Census Codes for locations. The system has sample
tracking feature and will provide alerts to farmers about sample registration
and generation of Soil Health Card through SMS and Email.
Soil Health Card portal
aims to generate and issue Soil Health Cards based on either Soil Test-Crop
Response (STCR) formulae developed by ICAR or General Fertilizer
Recommendations provided by State Governments. Based on test results, these
recommendations will be calculated automatically by the system. Micronutrients
suggestions will also be provided by the system.
The System envisages
building up a single national database on soil health for future use in
research and planning.
scheme has been approved for implementation during 12th Plan with an
outlay of Rs.568.54 crore. For the current year (2015-16) an allocation of
Rs.96.46 crore (GOI share) has been made. The scheme will be implemented on
50:50 sharing pattern between GOI and State Governments.
present, general fertilizer recommendations are followed by farmers for primary
nutrients (N, P & K). However, secondary and micro nutrients are often overlooked
leading to deficiency of nutrients like Sulphur, Zinc and Boron. This has
become a limiting factor in increasing food productivity. Keeping this in view,
Government of India is promoting soil test based balanced and judicious use of
chemical fertilizers, along with bio-fertilizers and locally available organic
Government of India provides
assistance to State Governments for setting up / strengthening of soil testing
laboratories. Some of the States were issuing Soil Health Card but there was no
uniform norm for sampling, testing and distribution of Soil Health Cards across
the States. It is for the first time that Government of India has launched Soil
Health Card scheme to cover 14 crore holdings once in a cycle of 3 years to
promote soil management practices and restore soil health.
The SHC scheme will provide
assistance to State Governments to issue Soil Health Cards and also to develop
a database to improve service delivery. It supplements the ongoing scheme to
create/strengthen capacity in terms of rapid and low cost diagnostic
techniques, mobile laboratories, portable soil testing kits and referral labs.
It provides improved and targeted guidelines to manage deficiencies and scientific
expertise in diagnostic and management of nutrients deficiencies.
Nationally agreed norms /
standards of 10 ha for rainfed areas and 2.5 ha for irrigated areas will be
applied for soil sample collection. By implication, a total of 2.53 crore samples
will be collected and tested to generate 14 crore soil health cards to
individual farmers, once in 3 years. The target for the year 2015-16 is 84
lakh of samples, against which 34 lakh samples have already been collected.
order to mobilize manpower and soil test infrastructure, the DAC is pooling the
resources of ICAR and also that of State Governments. Thus all ICAR
institutions including KVKs, State Government laboratories and State
Agriculture Universities will be participating in this important national
programme. It is also proposed to facilitate participation by the students of
science colleges and chemistry departments of the general universities under
the banner of ‘earn while you learn’. Suitable guidelines will be
issued to this effect.
Quality Control System Portal:
Control System (FQCS) is a web based and configurable workflow application
developed by NIC for processing of sample collection, testing and generation of
analysis reports. The application can be accessed at the URL http://www.fqcs.dac.gov.in.
inspectors of CFQC&TI and RFCLs draw samples of imported fertilizers at the
ports as per sampling procedures laid down in the FCO, assign a code number to
the sample and obtain acknowledgement from the importer on Form J. The sample
is sent to the Central Coding Office (CFQC&TI) along with Form K. The
Central Coding Officer then assigns a new code no. to the sample and sends the
sample for analysis to the laboratory. This ensures anonymity and
confidentiality of the sample. The sample is analyzed by the qualified analyst
and submits the report to the concerned laboratory-in-charge. On receipt of the
analysis report from the laboratory, the Central Coding Office decodes with
respect to the original code no. and prepares analysis report in Form L. The
analysis report is then dispatched to all the concerned agencies.
The FQCS application will lead to
automation of most of the manual activities as listed above and help in online
tracking the status of the sample. Mobile application has also been provided to
enable inspectors to enter the details of the samples in Form J while at the ports
itself. The role based access to the system for users and computerized generation
of sample code no. have been provided for the purpose of security.
In the first phase, the
system will be implemented in CFQC&TI and its three RFCLs. Subsequently,
the system will be extended to all the State Quality Control laboratories.
play an important role in catalyzing agriculture productivity of the soil.
ensure availability of quality fertilisers to farmers, the fertiliser was
declared as an essential commodity in 1957. In sequel, the Fertiliser
(Control) Order (FCO) was promulgated
in March 1957 under section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act (ECA), 1955 to
regulate quality, trade and
distribution of fertilisers in the country. The FCO has since been revised and
re-enacted in the year 1985.
provides for specification of all fertilizers
manufactured or imported and sold in the country; compulsory
registration of fertilizer manufacturers, importers and dealers;
of sampling and analysis of fertilizers;
appointment of fertilizer inspectors; establishment of Fertiliser Quality
Control Laboratories; and restrictions on the
manufacture/import and sale of fertilizers not in conformity with the laid down
At present, there are 78
notified Fertilizer Quality Control Laboratories (FQCLs) in the country.
of these, 4 laboratories viz. Central Fertilizer Quality Control & Training
Institute (CFQC&TI) and its three Regional Fertilizer Control Laboratories
(RFCLs) located at Navi Mumbai, Chennai and Kalyani are under the control of
Central Government and the remaining are under the control of different State
imports large quantity of various fertilizers to meet the demands. About 25-30%
of the requirement of Urea, 90% of the requirement of DAP and 100% of the
requirement of MOP are met by imports. The CFQC&TI and its three RFCLs are
assigned the responsibility to check the quality of imported fertilizers. The laboratories
of the State Governments check the quality of fertilisers by drawing samples from
indigenous sources viz. manufacturing units, retailers/wholesalers, godowns
Participatory Guarantee System – India Portal:
Guarantee System is a process of certifying organic products which ensures
agriculture production process in accordance with the standards laid down for
organic products and that desired quality has been maintained. This is
exhibited in the form of documented logo or a statement. In order to promote
domestic organic market growth and also to enable small and marginal farmer to
have easy access to organic certification, a decentralized organic farming
certification system called Participatory Guarantee System –India (PGS-India)
is implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of
Agriculture, Government of India. It is cost effective, farmer- friendly
and hassle-free. It is outside the framework of third party system of
certification, which is a pre-requisite to enter export market of organic
is a quality assurance initiative that is locally relevant with active
participation of stakeholders including producers/farmers, traders and
consumers in certification system. This group certification system is
supported by Paramaparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) scheme. It in a way
supports domestic demand for organic produce and trains the farmers in document
management and adherence to other requirements of certification process and
prepares him to opt for third party certification, if he wishes to go for
online operation of this certification system a web portal :http://www.pgsindia-ncof.gov.in has
been created. This web portal has online facility for (i) Registration (ii)
Approval (iii) Documentation (iv) Record of inspection and (v) certification.
It will promote transparency in certification process. It will lead to creation
of a database of (i) Organic producers and (ii) area under PGS certification
with due traceability.