Faculty of Agriculture Wadura SKUAST-K celebrated World Soil Day

SRINAGAR: The World Soil Day-2021 was celebrated on 05th to 07 December, 2021 at Faculty of Agriculture, Wadura in collaboration with NAHEP under the Chairmanship of Prof. A. H. Hakeem, Dean Faculty of Agriculture. The World Soil Day is celebrated to bring people’s attention to the importance of soil and its sustainable management. The international observance was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences in 2002 to aware people of the degrading condition of the soil, its impact and its prevention. This year, the theme of World Soil Day-2021 is ‘Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity’ with a motive to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being. The day aims to raise awareness about soil degradation. It’s a serious environmental problem, caused due to the decline in soil health. Soil degradation leads to erosion, loss of organic matter and decline in soil fertility. The day highlights the importance of soil for all terrestrial life. The programme started with welcome address by Prof. Mohammad Anwar Bhat who laid emphasis on addressing the growing challenges in soil management. Dean FoA, in his address highlighted the ways in which every person at individual level has to act to protect and conserve soils. The Chief Guest of programme Mr. Chowdhary Mohd. Iqbal, Director, Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Kashmir urged the use of balanced fertilizers in soil for crop production. He also highlighted the importance of soil health card in the present scenario. The participating PG students Mr. Owais Ali and Mr. Akther Ahmad also expressed their views to apprise the farmers and citizens to honour soil and promote awareness about the need to increase organic matter in our soil which can enhance productivity level manifold. The programme was attended by heads of various divisions, faculty members and more than 100 UG/PG students of faculty. The programme ended with vote of thanks from Prof. M. Ashraf Bhat to the participants.

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