5th December, 2017, Bhopal
ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal celebrated World Soil Day with the theme of “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground” today. World Soil Day is celebrated annually on the 5th of December with aim to spread the awareness messages on the importance of soil quality for food and nutritional security, human well-being and healthy ecosystems.
Dr. Sudam P. Khade, Collector, Bhopal highlighted the importance of healthy soils for human health and stressed upon the judicious use of chemical fertilizers. He emphasised on attention on protection of soils while addressing the issues of crop productivity. Dr. Khade compared soil with human skin which is the largest organ of human being and protects us from extreme weathers and illness.
Dr. Navin Chandra, DG, Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology, Bhopal stressed upon the importance of soil, water, and air for sustaining life on earth. He said that almost all of our food comes from soil resource.
Dr. V. P. Singh, Director, ICAR-NIHSADstated that soils are a key component in the chain of soil-plant-animal-human continuum and several nutrition related problems appear in animals and humans due to poor soil health.
Dr. Ashok K. Patra, Director, ICAR-IISS, Bhopal apprised about the activities of the institute and technologies available for enhancing soil health.
An interaction meeting with farmers was also organized on the topic “Sustainable Soil management for Enhancing Farmers’ Income and Health”.
Several farmers shared their experiences and expressed views on increasing the farmers’ income. According to farmers, diversification of agriculture involving dairy, poultry, horticulture, bee keeping etc. and being up-to-date on the Govt. schemes and policies are important steps, by following which, a significant improvement in the farmers’ income could be realized. Improving soil health with judicious use of fertilizers as per soil health cards, and increasing the share of organic manures and bio-fertilizers emerged as key management areas to achieve sustainable high productivity and doubling farmers’ income.
‘Soil Health Cards’ were distributed to farmers along with ‘Family Net Vessel Composting’ for preparation of vermicompost and maintaining soil health. On this occasion some progressive farmers were also felicitated for their achievement and active role in the farming community.
The event was jointly organized by the Institute and Bhopal chapter of Indian Society of Soil Science (ISSS).
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal)