The Indian Council of Agricultural Research won the King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award 2020
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), has bagged the prestigious International King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award conferred by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome. The announcement to this effect was made on a virtual function by the FAO on the World Soil Day (5th December 2020). The prestigious global award was conferred to the ICAR for its commitment to raising awareness of the importance of healthy soils. World Soil Day Award was conferred to the ICAR for last year's World Soil Day celebration, which addressed soil erosion under the motto "Stop soil erosion, save our future". ICAR organised "Soil Health Awareness Week" during 1-7 December 2019 with participation of more than 13 000 people, including scientists, government institutions, officials, students, farmers and the general public, in the social media campaign "SOIL – Our Mother Earth" on 5 December 2019.
Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, will give the award to the ICAR in an official ceremony that will take place in Bangkok in January 2021.
ICAR is the organization responsible for the coordination, guidance and management of agricultural research and education in India. In this capacity, ICAR oversees one of the largest networks of agricultural research and education institutes in the world, covering the whole country in the fields of horticulture, soil science, fisheries and animal sciences among others.
ICAR organised interactive sessions in universities, awareness-raising activities in schools, exhibitions, screenings, field visits and training sessions throughout the week to reach out to all soil stakeholders in the country. ICAR placed particular emphasis on youth by raising the awareness of importance on soils for food security and climate change mitigation through quizzes, debates and on-site demonstrations.
(Source: ICAR- Indian Institute of Soil Sciene, Bhopal)