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Krishi Vigyan Kendra celebrates World Soil Day
12/5/2022 10:27:04 PM
Early Times Report
REASI, Dec 5: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi under the administrative control of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Jammu (SKUAST-J) celebrated World Soil Day here today at KVK, Reasi campus which was enthusiastically attended by a number of farmers of the area. The programme was organised under the dynamic stewardship of Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, Prof. JP Sharma and able guidance of Director Extension, Prof.SK Gupta of SKUAST-Jammu.
The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Banarsi Lal, Sr.Scientist & Head of KVK, Reasi with the warm welcome of the participants. During the inaugural session he spoke on the significance of soil health and said that every year 5th of December is celebrated as the World Soil Health Day to promote the significance of healthy soil for food security, healthy ecosystem and human well-being.
He said that theme of this year World Soil Day is "Soils: Where Food Begins" and added that a good soil health is must to protect the soil biodiversity. He said that the Soil Health Card Scheme is a national movement across the country and under this scheme the soil samples are taken by the experts from the farmer's field and tested in a soil testing laboratory. He elaborated the scientific guidelines for soil health management. He informed the farmers that around 33 per cent of global soils have been degraded. He stressed on organic farming and natural farming for the sustainable soil health management. He elaborated the technique of soil sampling and guided the farmers on the collection of soil samples. Dr.Mandeep Singh Azad, Scientist said that soil health is deteriorating day-by-day by the unhealthy agricultural practices, deforestation and pollution and there is dire need to focus on the soil health. He further added that the healthy soil is an essential resource for the food security, biodiversity and energy. Adarsh Gupta, DDM NABARD, Reasi narrated that with the indiscriminate use of chemicals the soil health has been deteriorated and there is urgent need to use the soil health management practices.
He appreciated KVK, Reasi strenuous efforts for the welfare of the farmers. Yougal Kishore Sharma, Nodal Officer, JKRLM spoke on the soil health and human health and educated farmers on the food processing. He also spoke on the importance of local food products. Dr.Arvinder Kumar narrated that soil provides living space for the living organisms as well as the ecosystem services which are essential for the water regulation, biodiversity conservation, carbon sequestration etc. He also discussed on the balance doses of the fertilizers for the maximum crop yields. Sunil Kumar, Agriculture Extension Officer, Reasi and Raj Kumar, We Care Society, Panches and Sarpanches were also present during the programme. Participants also thanked KVK scientists for organizing such kind of awareness programme.
During the programme various quarries were raised by the farmers which were answered in a scientific way by the KVK scientists. A video show and an exhibition depicting the various agricultural technologies were also arranged during the programme. The programme was assisted by Jagdish Kumar, Manohar Lal, Sanjay Kumar and Mohd. Iqbal and concluded by Dr. Mandeep Singh Azad with formal vote of thanks.
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