World Soil Day celebrated across State ‘Need to replenish the health of soil for life to exist on earth’

World Soil Day celebrated across State ‘Need to replenish the health of soil for life to exist on earth’

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The World Soil Day was today celebrated across the State, especially in Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) with the theme “Be the Solution to Soil Pollution”.

KARSINGSA: Soil is the basis for food, healthy ecosystem and human well being. It is the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, so soil (ground biodiversity) requires the same care and attention as that of global biodiversity.

Indiscriminate deforestation, bad agricultural practices, man-made pollution and soil erosion had adversely led to soil quality degradation to an alarming level. The need of the hour is to find a holistic and scientific approach by all stakeholders to replenish the health of soil for life to exist on this earth.

These observations were made by Sr Scientist & Head of Papum Pare KVK, Dr Bangkeng Perme while addressing a gathering of farmers, public and officials from Depts of Agriculture, and Animal Husbandry, Veterinary & Dairy Development, and staff of the Kendra on the occasion of World Soil Day celebration.

Joint Director of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary & Dairy Development, Dr S L Dirkhipa, in his speech, exhorted the participants that utmost care should be taken to maintain soil health of our mother earth as soil is the basis of livelihood.

Subject Matter Specialist (Horticulture) Hemanta Ngangbam and ADO cum In-charge of State Soil Testing Laboratory, Directorate of Agriculture, Nemjong Rongrang gave lectures on the importance of Soil Testing and Soil Health Card. SMS (Plant Pathology) Tilling Tayo demonstrated the soil sampling technique at paddy filed of the Kendra. Kipa Aruni, ex-ZPM of Banderdewa also spoke on the occasion.

PASIGHAT: East Siang KVK, College of Horticulture & Forestry (CHF), College of Agriculture (COA), CAU here organized a farmers-scientists interaction programme on soil health management to mark the World Soil Health Day.

In his inaugural address, Prof BN Hazarika, Dean, CHF, emphasized on the importance of soil testing, soil health management, importance of integrated nutrient management for increasing the production and productivity of crops in the district. He advised the KVK scientists and faculties of CHF and COA to concentrate on organic based farmer-friendly technologies.

He was of the view that such programmes should be organized on regular basis at village level so as to bring more awareness and knowledge among the farming community on the need and importance of maintaining soil health for sustainable agriculture.

East Siang KVK Head Dr Mahesh Pathak also emphasized on importance of management of soils and use of improved seeds and proven technologies for improving the socio-economic condition of the farm families. Prof D B Ahuja, Head, Department of Plant Protection, CHF also spoke. Prof P Debnath, HoD, NRM, Dr SK Pattannaik, associate professor of NRM delivered lectures on importance of soil testing, promotion of soil health cards and nutrient management for sustainable crop production.

On the occasion, Soil Health Cards were also distributed among progressive farmers from Mebo, Pasighat and Ruksin blocks of the district. During farmers-scientist interaction programme, progressive farmers Pumto Perme, Takali Tamuk, Tasing Siram and Kahi Saroh highlighted the scenario of nutrient management of the district and also urged the gathering to adopt integrated nutrient management approaches for higher crop production.

KHUPA (Anjaw): It’s a known fact that soil is the foundation of agriculture. Without it, we cannot survive, as the food we eat (95%) comes from the soil. It is a finite natural resource; the food we eat is directly related to the health of the soil in which it grows. But in recent times, due to increasing pollution, the soil’s quality is degrading.

Hence, to create awareness & promoting the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being, the ICAR-KVK Anjaw observed the World Soil Health Day at its Khupa campus in Anjaw district. Altogether, 31 farmers attended the programme.

SMS (Horticulture) Rebecca Eko welcomed the farmers from different villages i.e. Huiliang, Walong, Kibithoo, Hawai, Manchal, Chaglagam and Metengliang. She further delivered a lecture on the importance of soil & need for its immediate conservation. At the end of the programme, seeds and organic insecticides were distributed to the participants.

ROING: Lower Dibang Valley KVK also celebrated the World Soil Day at Denlo (MLA adopted village) to create awareness among the farming communities about the importance of soil and its need for preservation to practice farming. On the occasion, Soil Health Cards were also distributed among the farmers.

Sr Scientist and Head, KVK Dr TJ Ramesha highlighted about the importance of soil and its conservation methods. Sr Field Officer Jyotish K while highlighting about departmental programmes and schemes urged farmers to avail the benefits for sustainable livelihood.

Programme Assistant (Agri and allied) Sangey Chom Thungon imparted training cum demonstration on soil sampling. She also emphasized on maintaining the soil nutrient through organic approach and to discourage using of more chemical fertilizers.

SMS (Plant Protection) T Boko, SMS (Horticulture) VK Pandey and SMS (Plant Protection) Nanang Tamut provided technical inputs on various aspects such as pest and disease management in ginger and finger millet, organic vegetable production, vermicompost production, value addition of various spices and vegetable crops. Also, field visits were made to demonstration plots (ginger and finger millet) and provided on-farm advisory services. A total of 20 farmwomen/farmers/rural youths actively participated and benefitted from the programme.

ZIRO: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Subansiri district today organized an awareness programme to mark the World Soil Day.

The programme, organized to create awareness among the farming communities about the importance of soil and need for its preservation, started with a lecture on ‘importance and objective of World Soil Day celebration’ delivered by Yowa Nunu, SMS (Agronomy).

Dr Hage Munth, SMS (Soil Science) imparted training on the method of soil sampling, how to control soil erosion, preparation of vermicompost for organic management of soil health.

She also distributed soil health card and vermicompost packets to farmers of nearby villages.

Dr S K Chaturvedi, SMS (Horticulture) described to farmers how to apply for the FYM and Vermicompost in fruits and vegetables grown in hills.

Altogether, 70 farmers and officials were a part of the celebration.

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