|Early Times Report
REASI, Dec 5: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Reasi, celebrated World Soil Day at Kheral village in Reasi district, Jammu and Kashmir. The event aimed to raise awareness about the importance of soil health for food security, a healthy ecosystem, and human well-being.
The program was inaugurated by Dr. Banarsi Lal, Senior Scientist & Head of KVK, Reasi, who welcomed the enthusiastic participation of women farmers from the area. Dr. Lal emphasized the significance of healthy soil and highlighted that World Soil Day, observed annually on December 5th, promotes awareness about soil health. This year's theme was "Soil and Water: A Source of Life."
During the event, the Sub-Division Agricultural Officer (SDAO), Vinod Khajuria, encouraged participants to take advantage of the Soil Health Card scheme and use balanced doses of nutrients for optimal crop yield. He emphasized the deteriorating soil health due to unhealthy agricultural practices and pollution, stressing the need to focus on soil health management.
Dr. Lobzang Stanzen, Scientist at KVK, Reasi, explained soil sampling techniques and demonstrated the process. He highlighted guidelines for soil health management, advocated for eco-friendly agriculture, and discussed soil reclamation techniques.
Sanjay Sharma, Agriculture Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture, Reasi, addressed the indiscriminate use of chemicals and its impact on soil health. He emphasized the urgent need for soil health management practices and outlined the essential ecosystem services provided by soil.
Adarsh Gupta, DDM NABARD, Reasi, spoke about banking schemes for farmers, discussed soil pollution, and suggested remedial measures. Soil health cards were distributed to farmers during the program, and a demonstration on soil sampling was conducted.
The Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) of Reasi, Harbans Singh, coordinated the program, with assistance from Manohar Lal. The event concluded with a formal vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Lobzang Stanzen. The initiative aimed to empower farmers with knowledge and practices for sustainable and healthy soil management.