About 488.25 lakh soil
health cards have been distributed to farmers up to March 2012.
The Government is according high priority to soil testing and is
providing assistance to State Government/ Union Territories (UTs) for
setting up Soil Testing Laboratories (STLs) for augmenting existing
capacity of States for soil testing for issuing soil health cards to
farmers. However, this requires effort by State Governments/ UTs in
mobilizing technical manpower for soil testing and issuing soil health
This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for
Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a
question in the Lok Sabha today.