The Rubber Board has launched a scheme to issue soil health cards to rubber growers in the traditional rubber growing areas of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The card will be issued after ascertaining the bio-chemical properties and fertility status of the soil of each growers’ land, an official spokesman said today.

Growers should bring soil samples from their holdings, to the nearest soil testing laboratories of the board, on or before October 31. The reports will be issued on a first come first served basis.

New fertiliser recommendations based on soil analysis will be given in the health cards.

The growers should test their soil at different stages of growth and record the changes in their cards. They should also change their manurial practices in accordance with the new recommendations in the card, he said.