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Farmers start soil health cards

Distribution of soil health cards among farmers in Telangana began on Tuesday under a combination of government and corporate social responsibility projects. The initiative is expected to make farming profitable. The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics coordinated the soil testing down to individual farm level identified by the Geographic Information System coordinates and including micronutrients. The farmers were trained on collecting their own soil samples. Soil nutrient deficiencies were then identified in ICRISAT laboratories and fertilizer recommendations given separately for different crops, ranging from paddy to millets, for individual farmers.

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