Bhoochetana: Soil health scheme for Odisha farmers

The Government of Odisha will be adopting popular Bhoochetana a soil health scheme for Odisha farmers in the state. The scheme was launched in Karnataka earlier and saw huge benefits in the crop production in the state.

What is Bhoochetana: Soil health scheme for Odisha farmers & its benefits?

  • Bhoochetana means revival of land
  • The scheme involves soil health mapping
  • Based on the soil health study, essential nutritions will be recommended to the farmers
  • With these details farmers can buy appropriate seeds and fertilizers for their land
  • It will reduce the waste of money
  • It will increase the crop production and
  • Will increase the farmer`s income

Bhoochetana Soil health scheme Odisha: Implementation & Highlights

  • The scheme saw improvements in the crops and farmer`s income in the Karnataka
  • Over 4.75 million farmers have benefited from this scheme, the crop production increased by 20-66% and total net benefits of $350 million
  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) will be working with the Government of Odisha to implement the scheme
  • ICRISAT has signed the memorandum of understanding with the state government
  • 4.35 million farmers in the Odisha to benefit under the scheme
  • It is a 3 year agreement and 6.1 million hector of farmland in 30 districts of Odisha will be covered under the scheme
  • Soil analysis, nutrient management and treatment information will be given to the farmers
  • Appropriate seeds, fertilizers, crops will be recommended to the farmers as well
  • Improved cultivators, local seed banks, land and water management practices and capacity building for farmers too will be implemented
  • This is expected to increase productivity through improved practices
  • Soil Health Card is the important initiative by the Prime Minister Shree. Narendra Modi too

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