<p><span id="itro1">This new report by Greenpeace assesses the impact of government policies on soil health across five states of India and warns that indiscriminate chemical fertilizer usage, catalyzed by a lenient subsidy policy is posing a threat to country's soil health.</span></p>
The chemical and synthetic fertilizers, particularly Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK), are highly subsidized. The amount of subsidy on this has grown exponentially during the last three decades from a mere Rs. 60 crore during 1976-77 to an astronomical Rs. 40,338 crore during 2007-08. In 2008-09, it shot up to Rs 96,606 crores.