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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 5
First page : (943) Last page : (948)
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Impact and Utilization of Soil Health Card in Kharif Paddy in the State of Assam

Bhargab Baruah1*, Nibir Pratim Choudhury2 and Kangujam Bokado3

1Ph.D. Scholar, Department of Extension Education,
2MBA, Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management,
3Ph.D. Scholar, Department of Agronomy, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat-785013, Assam
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Received: 30.08.2018  |  Revised: 27.09.2018   |  Accepted: 7.10.2018  



The present study was undertaken with a view to assess the impact and utilization of soil health card towards fertilizer consumption, yield and income of Kharif paddy in Assam. The study was conducted covering three districts viz., Karimganj, Cachar, and Morigaon. A comparative study was undertaken by randomly selecting 30 farmers with soil health cards and 30 farmers without soil health cards. The sample of farmers without soil health cards was considered as the control group. The results of the study revealed that there is a significant gap in utilization of recommended doses of fertilizers among the farmers of either group. The NPK consumption ratio for farmers with soil health cards was found to be 2.68:1.30:1 as against 4.63:3.08:1 for the farmers without soil health cards.  The mean yield per hectare of Kharif paddy for the farmers with soil health cards was marginally higher than the control group. The net change in gross income between the two groups due to soil health cards was valued at Rs. 2178 per hectare. It could not be established that soil health cards had a bearing on the difference in gross income between the two groups as the recommended doses of fertilizers were not followed by the sample farmers. Thus, from the study it can be concluded that simply going through the process of distributing soil health cards without proper and scientific guidance by the extension machinery in the state is not going to ensure adoption of recommended doses of fertilizers.

Key words: Soil health card, Fertilizer consumption, Yield, Income, Kharif paddy

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Cite this article: Baruah, B., Choudhury, N.P., and Bokado, K., Impact and Utilization of Soil Health Card in Kharif Paddy in the State of Assam, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.6(5): 943-948 (2018). doi: