16th April, 2019, Bhopal
The ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science (IISS), Nabibagh, Bhopal celebrated its 32nd Foundation Day with full zeal and fervor today.
The Chief Guest, Dr. R.J. Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Barkatullah University highlighted the different ecosystem functions of the soil. He also underlined the soil’s role in the survival of mankind, animal and plant kingdom. He equated the soil health with the human and animal health. Dr. Rao stressed on the fact that the soil which is poor in nutrients and minerals affects the whole food chain.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. Pankaj Srivastava, Director, Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal stressed on saving soil as it is a finite resource. Referring a report of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Dr. Srivastava highlighted about the fact that 20% productivity increase can be ensured by arresting the soil erosion.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. P.C. Sharma, Director, Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), Karnal highlighted about the Soil Health Mission and Institute’s contribution the Government’s initiative in soil health card (SHC) scheme.
At the outset, Dr. Ashok K. Patra, Director, ICAR-IISS welcomed the guests and dignitaries. Dr. Patra underlined the Institute’s mission for improving the soil productivity with the minimal environmental degradation. He underlined the Institute’s various achievements, viz. soil testing kit (Mridaparikshak), soil fertility maps for 536 districts, rapid composting unit and use of nanotechnology for soil nutrients from waste mica and rock phosphate.
During foundation day celebration, Chief Guest and dignitaries released various publications such as institute’s newsletters, IISS profile and also launched an e-magazine “HARIT DHARA’.
Dr. Nachiketa Kotwaliwale, I/C, Director, Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering (CIAE), Bhopal was also present as the Guest of Honor during the occasion.
The Progressive farmers from the villages adopted under the Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav (MGMG), Farmers’ First and CRP on Conservation Agriculture schemes and the National and State Level Award Winning Farmers were also felicitated during the occasion.
A farmers’-scientists’-interaction was also held on the theme “Site specific soil and water management technologies”.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science (IISS), Nabibagh, Bhopal)