5th December, 2016
Indian Council of Agricultural Research celebrated World Soil Day on 5th December 2016 across the country. A total 73 ICAR institutes have organized the World Soil Day 2016 function involving local MLAs/ MPs/ Local Authorities/ Farmers/ Students and Officials.
This year World Soil Day (WSD2016) relevantly combines the International Year of Soils 2015 and the International Year of Pulses 2016 with the theme “Soil & Pulses, symbiosis for life”. Under this theme, WSD 2016 highlights the multifaceted benefits of pulses not only for human health and nutrition, but also for their contribution to soil health and sustainable agriculture through the symbiotic relationship between soils and pulses.
ICAR Institutes and Krishi Vigyan Kendras celebrated World Soil Day today by organizing special events and distribution of Soil Health Cards to farmers.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal
ICAR-IISS celebrated World Soil Day with the theme, “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life”.
Dr. Rajesh Prasad Mishra, IAS, and Director, Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI), Bhopal, Chief Guest of the event emphasized the importance of soil and stressed upon the need to increase awareness of soil management among the children.
Dr. A. K. Tiwari, Director of Pulse Development, DAC, Madhya Pradesh talked about the importance of pulses in improving the soil fertility.
Mr. B M Sahare, Additional Director, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Madhya Pradesh briefed about the Govt soil health card scheme and the current progress of Madhya Pradesh in the distribution of soil health cards.
Earlier, Dr Ashok K Patra, Director, ICAR-IISS in his welcome address apprised about the activities of the institute.
The programme was attended by several farmers and school students. Soil Health Cards were distributed to farmers by the Chief Guest.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulse Research, Kanpur
Dr. D.D. Tiwari, Professor of Soil Science, CSAU & T, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh advocated crop rotation including pulses, addition of manures and other macro/micro-nutrients on a sustainable basis. Usually soil containing 3-4 earthworms/m2 is considered as productive. He stressed the importance of soil health cards for monitoring the status of soil and actions to improve them. He distributed a good number of soil health cards to the farmers.
Dr S.S. Singh, Director/Act, ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur stressed the importance of soils as a building block for sustaining both crop and human/animal life on a long-term basis. He stressed on large scale soil/plant testing and development of soil health card (SHC) so as to provide a boost to both production and productivity of many field crops.
On this occasion Soil Health Cards were distributed among the farmers.
ICAR- Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun
‘World Soil Day” was celebrated with an oath ceremony on ‘Save Soil Campaign’ where about 12 farmers, 50 agricultural students, 30 scientists, 20 technical, 40 administrative and other staff of the Institute participated. Students visited the Institute’s museum. Farmers were demonstrated whole process of soil sampling and analysis.
KVK Ri-Bhoi in collaboration with NRM Division, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam celebrated “World Soil Day cum Rabi Kisan Sammelan”.
The Chief Guest, Smt. Rona Khymdeit, Member of District Council, Nongpoh Constituency, Ri-Bhoi urged the farmers to utilize waste material for improve soil health and the productivity of crop. She stressed on cultivating pulses for better soil health management.
Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR, Umiam stressed on proper use of local resources for soil health improvement andsaving of mother earth to increase productivity for food security.
About 200 soil health cards (SHC) was issued to farmers of fourteen different villages of Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya. About 14 Soil Testing Kits were also distributed to 14 farmers of the 14 participating villages.
KVK, Cuttack organized Pre-Rabi Mela & World Soil Day awareness programme on the theme “Soils & Pulses: symbiosis for life” at ICAR- National Rice Research Institute.
Dr. Debaraj Panda, Ex-Director, WALMI, Cuttack and eminent Soil Scientist & Chief Guest of the programme laid emphasis on importance of soil health maintenance. He also distributed 470 Soil Health Cards.
Dr. H. Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack discussed about the importance of proper soil sampling and restitution of nutrients into soil for maintenance of soil fertility and getting optimal production.
On the occasion of World Soil Day, Kisan Gosthi (Pre-Rabi) was also organized.
Dr. (Smt.) Neera Yadav, Education Minister, Government of Jharkhand was Chief Guest of the event.
The Chief Guest released a technical bulletin “Mrida Parikshan Ka Mahatva Evam Takneek” published by the KVK, Koderma and distributed 45 ‘Soil Health Cards’ among farmers.
An exhibition was laid out by ATMA, Bank of India, BAIF institute, input dealers, KVK, Koderma and CRURRS, Hazaribag to showcase their technologies.
ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore
Shri Madhusudan Ghosh, Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly graced as the chief guest of the function. Shri Ghosh shared his experience of soil conservation and its importance in the life of rural people. He raised concern about the immense use of pesticides in agriculture.
Dr. B.K. Das, Director ICAR-CIFRI spoke about the status of soil health and raised issues of soil sustainability.
Students from APC college, New Barrackpore, Fish Farmers and Scientists of CIFRI participated in the programme.
KVK Ernakulam of ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
The World soil day celebration of ICAR-KVK Ernakulam of ICAR-Central Marine Fisgeries Resaerch Institute, Kochi, Kerala was held at Palluruthy, Ernakulam.
Shri K.J. Maxy, Member of Kerala Legislative Assembly from Kochi, inaugurated the programme and also launched KVK’s new Drip irrigation kit (irrigateasy).
Smt. Hema Prahladan, Councillor, Kochi Corporation presided over.
An yearly calendar for Nutmeg farming indicating monthwise recommendations was also released during the programme.
Irrigateasy is a micro irrigation kit suitable for irrigating kitchen gardens upto 1 cent area or 80 growbags. The unit can be connected to existing plumbing line or to a separate water storage. The basic concept behind introducing this kit is to make the kitchen gardening easy, particularly for non traditional farmers with a view to attract them to self farming for safe food production. An electronic control system can be added to automate the unit. The kit that can be installed easily works under low pressure or in gravity flow. The flow to each drip line can be controlled. The whole unit is portable and can be shifted easily. The modular design helps to expand it to bigger area. The cost of the unit that contains 50 meter drip tape, 6 end caps, 5 connectors with loack & valve, 2 meter connecting hose, take off with control valve along with a CD on installation procedure is only INR 500/-
ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture
Brief Report on World Soil Day conducted on 5thDecember, 2016.
World Soil Day was organized at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ICAR-CRIDA, Ranga Reddy district under the chairmanship of Dr. K. Sammi Reddy, i/c Director, CRIDA, Hyderabad on 5thDecember 2016. Sri. K. Inna Reddy, Chairman, Co-operative Society, Ranga Reddy District, Mandal MMP, Sarpanch of village Mariayapuram, Shabadmandal, Ranga Reddy Dist. was the Guest of Honour. Around hundred farmers from different villages of Ranga Reddy participated in the programme. The programme started by emphasizing the objectives of the programme and with a welcome note to all the participants by Dr (Mrs.) V. Maruthi, Principal Scientist & Head, KVK.
During the day long discussion, soil health cards were distributed to hundred practicing farmers from different mandals of the district along with the crop related recommendations, besides pointing to the need of soil related management measures and saving the crop cultivation expenditure. Experts from KVK highlighted the important issues viz. importance & need of soil analysis, fertilizers recommendations, fertilizer use efficiency, nutrient uptake, plant- soil- water relations, time, dose and method of fertilizer application, use of micro nutrients, bio fertilizers, sustainable agriculture, etc. Interventions like Drip, fertigation, raised bed cultivation of vegetables, plastic mulching, micronutrient management, bio control agents, IPM, IDM, INM, organic agriculture are the technologies for not only reducing the cost of cultivation but also for enhanced sustainability. Livestock management in integrated farming system in present scenario plays vital role to improve the soil health and increase the savings of the dryland farmers. Farmers were exposed to a cafeteria of fodder crops for different soil and agro-climatic situations for consistent palatable fodder during off-seasons. Staff of KVK demonstrated the method of soil sample collections for analysis while the programme ended with the farmers visiting the CRIDA Farm machinery workshop and enlightened about different implements for use in rainfed agriculture.
(Source: Respective Institutes)