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Soil constitutes a major component of the agro-ecosystem. Unrestrained uses of chemical pesticides and increased human activities have contributed to unprecedented changes in soil microflora affecting productivity. Modern microbiomics has proven to be an indispensable tool to understand the adaptations underlying complex soil microbial communities and their beneficial applications. In this review, we seek to emphasize the scope of microbiomics in enhancing soil productivity by providing an overview of the various sequencing platforms considering key parameters such as the accuracy, read lengths, reads per run, time involved and weighing out their pros and cons. The advances in modern ultra-high-throughput microbiomics platforms in combination with cloud-based analytics for in-depth exploration of soil-microbe associations can help achieve sustainable soil management contributing to better plant yield and productivity.