Chandigarh: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said Haryana has become the first state in the country to issue about 16 lakh soil health cards to its farmers.
    
Soil health card helps farmers to know the condition of his agriculture land and get crop-specific prescription for the amount of manure and fertilisers needed.

Besides, about 28 lakh kisan credit cards have been issued to them through cooperative banks which would be linked to core banking system by March 31, 2013. The Chief Minister was speaking at a meeting held in Chandigarh on Thursday to review the recommendations of the Kisan Ayog.

He directed the Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department to establish a Live Stock Mission to ensure faster growth of the livestock sector, an official release said. He also asked the concerned officers to submit a blueprint in this regard soon.

Hooda also said the state would be honoured with Krishi Karman award for the second consecutive time and the award would be presented by the Union Government on January 15, 2013.

(Agencies)

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