Agriculture minister launches PGS-India, Soil Health Card and FQCS web portals

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh launched three web portals-the Soil Health Card portal, Fertiliser Quality Control System portal and Participatory Guarantee System India portal here today.

Singh informed the press about the details and functioning of the web portals.

The Soil Health Card 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.

This is a single, generic, uniform, web based software accessed at the URL . It is a workflow based application with following major modules; (i) Soil Samples Registration (ii) Test Result Entry by Soil Testing Labs (iii) Fertilizer Recommendations based on STCR and GFR (iv) Soil Health Card generation along with Fertilizer Recommendation and micro-nutrient suggestions (v) MIS module for monitoring progress

Fertilizer Quality Control System (FQCS) is a web based and configurable workflow application developed by NIC for processing of sample collection, testing and generation of analysis reports. The application can be accessed at the URL

The fertilizer inspectors of CFQC&TI and RFCLs draw samples of imported fertilizers at the ports as per sampling procedures laid down in the FCO, assign a code number to the sample and obtain acknowledgement from the importer on Form J. The sample is sent to the Central Coding Office (CFQC&TI) along with Form K. The Central Coding Officer then assigns a new code no. to the sample and sends the sample for analysis to the laboratory. This ensures anonymity and confidentiality of the sample.

The sample is analyzed by the qualified analyst and submits the report to the concerned laboratory-in-charge. On receipt of the analysis report from the laboratory, the Central Coding Office decodes with respect to the original code no. and prepares analysis report in Form L. The analysis report is then dispatched to all the concerned agencies.

The FQCS application will lead to automation of most of the manual activities as listed above and help in online tracking the status of the sample. Mobile application has also been provided to enable inspectors to enter the details of the samples in Form J while at the ports itself. The role based access to the system for users and computerized generation of sample code no. have been provided for the purpose of security.

The 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.

This is exhibited in the form of documented logo or a statement. 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.

Ministers of States for Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya is also present on the occasion. (ANI)

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