Nagaland observes World Soil Day
Dimapur, Dec. 8 (EMN): The department of Soil and Water Conservation celebrated World Soil Day on December 5 at the Training and Research Centre, Sechu, Zubza, with the secretary of Soil and Water Conservation, Geology and Mining, K Libanthung Lotha, as the special guest on the theme ‘Soils, where food begins.’
An update informed that the theme speaker, Kevileto Rote, ARO, elaborated on the theme and its aims to raise awareness on the importance of healthy soils for food production. Rote also stated that in order to keep soils capable of delivering ecosystem service, it is crucial to manage them with care.
The special guest, in his address, emphasised that everyone should proactively work towards improving soil health. He gave a clarion call for all to sensitise the public to spread the message ‘Nurture the nature.’
The director of Soil and Water Conservation, SK Hekshe, stressed on stewardship to conserve the soil and mitigate the threats to soil. He also underscored the need to have sense of ownership in restoring and building the ecosystem.
The SDO (C), Tiayanger Jamir, also exhorted on the importance of conservation of soil and water.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nagaland University, also celebrated World Soil Day in Alaphumi village.
Dr. Visakho Shunyu CTO (Agronomy) chaired the programme and also gave the key note address, while Dr. Kundan Kumar, SMS (Agriculture Extension) delivered a speech on natural farming and the importance of preserving soil fertility.
During the programme, farmers were highlighted on the importance of soil testing. Farmers were also advised to know their soil status while taking up any crop and further encouraged to avail the facilities available with the KVK.
A total of 95 soil health cards were distributed during the programme, an update stated.