Window of opportunity for youth in Agriculture sector

ANANTNAG, OCTOBER 04: As part of the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture, a number of micro soil testing labs are to be established in district Anantnag by the interested entrepreneurs and SHGs under Soil Health Management Scheme.

The scheme provides an opportunity to village entrepreneurs in the age group of 18-40, self Help Groups, Farmer Joint Liability Groups, Cooperative Societies, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO), Input Retail Outlets, Input Retailers, and Schools/colleges located in the district to establish income generating units that are aimed at promoting crop specific sustainable soil health management and judicious application of fertilizers.

Under the scheme, every identified beneficiary will be provided financial assistance and technical guidance to establish micro soil testing labs at the village level that is aimed at promoting soil testing among the farmers.

Under Soil Health Management Scheme, the self help groups, Famer Joint Liability Groups, Farmer Cooperatives Societies, FPOs, Input Retail Outlets, Schools/colleges located in the district would get financial assistance of 80 per cent of the projected cost for purchase of machinery, equipment, chemicals, glassware, miscellaneous laboratory articles and contingents.

However,  the project cost cannot exceed Rs. 10 lakh. Similarly, village entrepreneurs and input retailers would get financial assistance of 40 per cent of the project cost of Rs. 10 lakh for establishing these labs.

The scheme aims at improving soil quality by providing soil testing facilities to the farmers at their door steps as well generating employment for the rural youth. The scheme also provides 16 per cent reservation to beneficiaries belonging to SC category, 8 per cent to ST Category and 30 per cent to women entrepreneurs.

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