KVKs under ICAR-IIVR Celebrated World Soil Health Day

World Soil Health Day celebrates the importance of soil as a critical component of eco-system and as a vital contributor to the human commonwealth through its contribution to food, water and energy security and as a mitigation of biodiversity losses and climate change. Therefore, Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Kushinagar, Deoria and Bhadohi districts of Uttar Pradesh working under the administrative control of ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi celebrated the World Soil Health Day (WSHD) on 5th December 2016 at their respective district with an aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in their lives.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kushinagar celebrated World Soil Health Day at Village Deopokhar, Block- Tamkuhiraj in Kushinagar district which was inaugurated by District Agriculture Officer, Dr. Umesh Kumar Gupta in presence of district’s Agriculture Extension Officers, former Pradhan Shri Nathuni Singh of Deopokhar village and more than 400 farmers. On this occasion, 125 soil health cards were distributed among the farmers of Deopokhar, Sondia, Gangitikar , Awaraon Sofiganj, Bashdila Durjan villages of Tamkuraj blocks. During the inaugural address Dr. Gupta emphasized the importance of soil testing and request the farmers for adoption of balance dose of fertilizer as per recommendation of KVK so that the cost of cultivation can be reduced and crop yield will be increased. He also told the farmers about different programmes implemented by State Department of Agriculture.

Similarly, this World Soil Health Day was celebrated by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bejwan, Bhadohi at its center which was inaugurated by Shri Kedar Nath Singh Ji, Member of Legislative Council (Varanasi) in presence of Dr. Bijendra Singh, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi. Shri Kedar Nath Singh Ji while discussing the issues on soil health asked the farmers to aware about their soil properties to exploit it in a better cropping system in a sustainable manner. He also advocated about the different programme running by the Central Government for the betterment of farming community. The Director, ICAR-IIVR also raised the detrimental soil health issues. He suggested to the farmers about different corrective measures with special reference to the application of micronutrients, which must be followed during cultivation of the crops. On this occasion soil health cards were also distributed by the chief guest to the farmers of different villages. About 110 practicing farmers and farm women participated from more than 15 villages in this programme.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Deoria celebrated World Soil Health Day at village Bangra of Bankata Block where more than 125 farmers/farm women from nearby villages had participated. Sh. Sanjay Kumar, Block Development Officer (BDO) of Bhatpar Rani Block inaugurated this event and distributed soil health cards to participated farmers/farm women. While addressing the farmers Sh. Kumar emphasized on the importance of soil and maintaining its health for more productivity per unit area. He appealed the farmers not to burn crop residue in their field as they not only hampers the soil health but also kills valuable micro-organism present in the soil.
While creating awareness among the farmers regarding the effect of crop residue burning in field, importance of soil testing, availability of nutrient in soil and how to use balance dose of fertilizer in Wheat, Sugarcane, Rabi Maize, Rice crops, pulses, oilseeds and horticulture crops Heads and SMSs of all the three KVKs also describe the benefit of resource conservation techniques like sowing of wheat with zero-tillage machine, turbo seeder etc. Preparation techniques of various organic manure and use of bio fertilizer, water soluble fertilizers etc in different crops were also discussed during this event.