5th December, 2015
ICAR Institutes celebrated World Soil Day today by organizing special events and distribution of Soil Health Cards to farmers. Farmers were invited to participate and were educated to use the cards for maximizing farm productivity.
ICAR- ICAR- Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal
ICAR- IISS celebrated World Soil Day with a Kisan Mahasammelan and Soil Health Card Distribution Ceremony,
Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, was the Chief Guest of the event. Chief Minister emphasized on the importance of soil testing and balanced fertilization in preserving the quality of soil, water and food for the present and future generations. He said government is committed to make agriculture a profitable occupation. He informed that a state wide campaign for soil testing is being undertaken with a soil testing laboratory to be opened in each Development Block. He urged the farmers to test their soil and use fertilizers as per the recommendation so as to reduce unnecessary expenditure. Shri Chouhan stressed upon the importance of crop rotation and ill effects of crop residue burning on soil and environment. He appealed the farming community to shed the practice of crop residue burning.
Shri Chouhan distributed soil health cards to farmers from different districts including farmers from tribal districts of Madhya Pradesh.
Shri Gauri Shankar Bisen, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Madhya Pradesh highlighted the importance of soil health and its testing in sustainable agriculture. He elaborated upon the plan of Government of Madhya Pradesh for state wide soil testing for preparation of soil health cards for the farmers.
Shri Vishwas Sarang, Local M.L.A.; Shri Manmohan Nagar, Chairman, Zila Panchayat, Bhopal; Shri Prem Chand Meena, IAS, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Madhya Pradesh; Dr Rajesh Rajora, IAS, Principal Secretary (Department of Farmer Welfare & Agriculture) of Government of Madhya Pradesh participated in the programme.
The program was jointly organized by the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the ICAR- Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, which was attended by more than 25,000 farmers from different districts of the State.
Earlier, Dr. Ashok K. Patra, Director of the ICAR- Indian Institute of Soil welcomed the dignitaries.
On the occasion, a Kisan Sangosthi was organized and exhibition stalls on agricultural technologies were showcased.
ICAR- Vivekanada Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora
Dr. A. Pattanayak, Director, ICAR-VPKAS emphasized the importance of soil asked the farmers to use fertilizers only after soil testing so that they can obtain better production. The Institute including its two KVKs prepared 850 SHCs and 20 cards were distributed amongst the farmers came from 8 villages of Almora district (Uttarakhand). The SHC will serve for three consecutive years and after 3 years fertility analysis of soil is to be done again.
Approximately 50 farmers from different parts of Uttarakhand attended the programme.
ICAR Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, Srinagar
Dr. D.B. Singh, Director, ICAR-CITH said idea behind the observance/celebration of World Soil Day is to promote soil test based nutrient recommendations to improve the production and quality of the produce and in turn uplift the socio-economic status of the farming community. He emphasized on site specific and soil test based input management. ‘Soil Health Cards’ to farmers representing diverse areas of Kashmir were distributed. A farmer-scientist interaction meeting to get update of the problems of farming community was also organized during the function.
The function was attended by farmers from district Baramulla along with the scientific, technical and administrative staff of ICAR-CITH and KVK Baramulla.
ICAR- NRC on Litchi
Dr. Gopal Ji Trivedi, former Vice Chancellor, RAU, Samastipur presided over the function and Shri Ajay Nishad, Member of Parliament from Muzaffarpur was the Chief Guest. Shri Suresh Sharma (MLA) from Muzaffarpur (city) was Special Guest on this occasion.
Dr. Trivedi highlighted the importance of soil sampling and management for quality and assured litchi production. He also emphasized the need for close monitoring of plantations. Nishad appreciated the initiative of and suggested to strengthen the setup for reaching more farmers. Shri Sharma emphasized need to undertake research on effective insect pests management of litchi for assured income. Soil health cards were distributed among farmers from Muzaffarpur and Vaishali districts.
About 100 farmers and staff of this centre participated in the programme.
ICAR-Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi
Mr. Ravi Sharma, MLA, Sardar, Jhansi and Chief Guest emphasized that soil is most important national resource for crop production and farmers should apply various nutrients to crops as per health card to avoid over or under use of nutrients.
Dr. O.P. Chaturvedi, Director, CAFRI, Jhansi and Guest of Honor said Soil Health Cards will act as a ready reference for farmers for application of nutrient and will help in sustaining the soil health in long run
Dr. P.K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI informed that Institute has adopted over 80 villages from U.P. and M.P. under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav scheme and all the farmers will be provided with soil health cards in phased manner.
Fifty nine farmers from various MGMG villages were given Soil Health Cards. The cards included general information of the farmers, soil health status of their fields and advisories related to application of various nutrients to different crop grown by them on that field.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun
ICAR-IISWC and Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservationist, Dehradun jointly organized World Soil Day celebration.
Sh. Rajkumar, MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Uttarakhand Assembly, speaking as Chief Guest expressed his concern on shrinking farming land around Dehradun and migration from the hills. He also appealed Scientists and Farmers to pay attention towards sustainable and profitable farming.
Dr. Rajender Dobhal, DG, UCOST and Guest of Honor suggested farmers for applying manures and fertilizer on the basis of soil test report and crop requirement. He also highlighted the importance of soil micronutrients to vegetable and fruit crops with specific example of tomato and pomegranate.
Dr. P.K. Mishra, Director, ICAR-IISWC administered the “pledge on Save Soil Campaign”.
On behalf of the village farmers, Gram pradhan from village Attal, village Sainj, village Thatut and village Naini received soil health cards.
In his speech, Sh. Rajkumar Chief Guest also visited exhibition organized by HRD Division.
More than 150 stakeholders participated in the programme including 30 farmers, 10 students, School teachers, Scientists, Technical and administrative staff.
ICAR-NRC on Pomegranate, Solapur
An awareness camp on “soil health management” at Surdi village, Taluka Barshi, Dist. Solapur was organized in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Solapur.
Dr. R.K. Pal, Director, ICAR-NRC on Pomegranate, in his address, emphasized the importance of mass awareness programme on issue of ‘Soil Health Card’ in the national theme “Swasth dhara, khet hara”.
About 150 farmers from Surdi village actively participated in the programme and about 250 soil health cards were distributed to the farmers.
ICAR-Central Agroforestry Research Institute, Jhansi
Sri Ravi Sharma, MLA, Sadar, Jhansi graced the occasion as chief guest.
He asked farmers to follow scientific techniques of farming and use fertilizers as per recommendations based on soil analysis and fertility status of the soil.
The Chief Guest also honored two innovative farmers selected by the Institute for their new initiatives.
Dr. P.K. Ghosh, the Director, IGFRI and Special Guest at the event emphasised on use of balanced fertilizers with care in application of micronutrients as their excess may cause toxicity.
Dr O. P. Chaturvedi, Director, CAFRI highlighted the importance of soil health for environmental security and ecological balance.
About 100 farmers from nearby villages attended the function and 44 farmers received the soil health cards.
ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack
Celebration was organized in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Cuttack.
Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab, Member of Parliament, Cuttack, speaking as Chief Guest highlighted the importance of soil health card inspired the farmers to apply balanced fertilizer on the basis of soil testing. Director, ICAR- NRRI informed the gathering about the soil degradation and challenges ahead for increasing the productivity. He informed that soil health card will play a major role in increasing the productivity of crops.
Shri Pravat Ranjan Biswal, MLA, Cuttack-Choudwar was Guest of Honour on this occasion. He drew the attention of farmers towards maintaining the soil fertility for future generations.
Farmers from Salepur, Mahanga, Nischintakoilli, Tigiria, Badamba, Tangi-Chaudhwar, Niali and Cuttack-Sadar blocks of Cuttack district attended the function.
Soil Health Card was distributed to 130 farmers on the occasion.
ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Meghalaya
This Complex with its six regional centers and 15 KVKs celebrated ‘world soil day’ in all the seven north eastern hill states.
Shri Tathagata Roy, Hon’ble Governor of Tripura, distributed soil health cards and soil testing kits to the farmers during inaugural function of National Seminar on Sustaining Hill Agriculture in Changing Climate.
Dr S.V. Ngachan discussed the importance of soil health card and advised the gathering to popularize the soil health card based farming among hill farmers.
During the scientists-farmers interaction soil health cards, soil health testing kits and fruit fly traps were distributed among 50 farmers from Tripura and 10 farmers from Meghalaya.
At Dimapur, Nagaland Shri Nephioe Rio, MP and Ex Chief Minister of Nagaland and Shri Zalio Rio, MLA distributed the soil health cards.
At Tura of Meghalaya, Parliamentary Secretary Shri Noverfield R Marak distributed soil health cards to the farmers.
Dr. Thokchom Meinya, MP (Inner Manipur), Shri Ningthoujam Geoffrey, IAS, Dy Commissioner distributed soil health cards to the farmers of Imphal West, Manipur. Shri Khaikhomang, Chairman Finance Committee MDC, attended the World Soil Health day function at Churachandpur District of Manipur. At all the regional centers and KVKs farmers Scientist interactions were held to discuss the use and benefits of soil health card.
The institute distributed nearly 5500 soil health cards and 100 soil health kits to the farmers in the different states.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow
Dr. K.N. Tiwari, Former Head, Department of Soil Sciences, CSA Agricultural University, Kanpur distributed Soil Health Cards to more than 300 farmers of various districts of Uttar Pradesh as Chief Guest of the event. He said improvement in soil health needs to sustainable increase in agricultural productivity and environment conservation.
Dr. A. D. Pathak, Director of the Institute expressed his concern for declining soil health and fertility and emphasized the important role of soil health card in their improvement. He said Institute has so far tested soils of more than 600 farms on the basis of which soil health cards have been prepared.