World Soil Day celebrated at ICAR-IISS, Bhopal
World Soil Day celebrated at ICAR-IISS, Bhopal

5th December 2014, Bhopal

iiss-0108122014.jpgICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal in association with Bhopal chapter of Indian Society of Soil Science celebrated the World Soil Day on December 05, 2014.

Dr. G. A. Kinhal, Director, Indian Institute of Forest Management and Chief Guest of the function emphasized the importance of soils for sustaining forest ecosystem. He urged the people to protect the soils with a slogan “Plant a tree whenever you are free”.

Dr. S. S. Khanna, Former member, Planning Commission and a stalwart of Soil Science highlighted the functions and roles of soils.

Dr. P. J Sudhakar, Addil. Director General, PIB, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting informed the participants about soil as the ‘soul of infinite life’. He told that every human being is born out of soil and hence it is the duty of all to protect our soils.

Earlier, Dr. Ashok K. Patra, Director of the host institute welcomed the children and dignitaries.

A presentation was also arranged to educate the children on the different functions of soils.

A drawing competition was also arranged on the theme ‘S (Soul) O (Of) I (Infinite) L (Life)’.About 75 children participated in the competition. The children were also visited Soil Museum and shown the different types of soils present in India. Children and other participants were also shown a video film highlighting the importance of soil in agriculture and civilization.

The World Soil Day is celebrated on December 05 to highlight the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to the human common wealth through its contribution to food, water and energy security and as a mitigator of biodiversity loss and climate change.

(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal)