Union Agriculture Minister launched PGS-India, Soil Health Card and FQCS Web Portals

Jul 16, 2015 14:14 IST

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on 15 July 2015 launched 3 web portals viz. Soil Health Card portal, Fertiliser Quality Control System (FQCS) portal and Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) – India portal.

Soil Health Card Portal:
The portal has been developed for registration of soil samples, recording test results of soil samples and generation of Soil Health Card (SHC) along with fertilizer recommendations. The portal is a single, generic, uniform, web based software that aims to generate and issue Soil Health Cards based on either Soil TEST-CROP Response (STCP) formulae developed by ICAR or General Fertilizer Recommendations provided by State Governments.

The System envisages building up a single national database on soil health for future use in research and planning.   

Fertilizer Quality Control System Portal (FQCS): This FQCS is a web based and configurable workflow application developed by NIC for processing of sample collection, testing and generation of analysis reports. The system will lead to automation of most of the manual activities and help in online tracking the status of the sample.

In the first phase, the system will be implemented in CFQC&TI and its three RFCLs. Subsequently, the system will be extended to all the State Quality Control laboratories.

At present, there are 78 notified Fertilizer Quality Control Laboratories (FQCLs) in the country. Out of these, 4 laboratories viz. Central Fertilizer Quality Control & Training Institute (CFQC&TI) and its three Regional Fertilizer Control Laboratories (RFCLs) located at Navi Mumbai, Chennai and Kalyani.

Participatory Guarantee System – India Portal
: Participatory Guarantee System is a process of certifying organic products which ensures agriculture production process in accordance with the standards laid down for organic products and that desired quality has been maintained.

In order to promote domestic organic market growth and also to enable small and marginal farmer to have easy access to organic certification, a decentralized organic farming certification system called Participatory Guarantee System –India (PGS-India) is implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.  It is cost effective, farmer- friendly and hassle-free.   It is outside the framework of third party system of certification, which is a pre-requisite to enter export market of organic produce.

It is a quality assurance initiative that is locally relevant with active participation of stakeholders including producers/farmers, traders and consumers in certification system.

This group certification system is supported by Paramaparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) scheme.

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