‘World Soil Health Day’ observed across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 12/5/2018 12:08:35 PM IST

Along with the rest of the world, Nagaland also observed the “World Soil Health Day” in various districts on December 5, focussed on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate sustainable management of soil resources. 

DoS&WC: Department of Soil and Water Conservation (DoS&WC) observed the day at the directorate conference hall. 

A press release from DoS&WC joint director, K. Khekiho Shohe stated that, Viliehu Nguzhü, director, in his short speech deliberated on how the observation of the day came into being with the initiative of International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and value of soil and the role of the department in its protection and preservation.

Speaking on the theme of the day “Greening the Blue” Zhekheto Awomi, addl. director, spoke on the imminent threat posed to humanity due to soil and water pollution resulting in food insecurity and global climate change.  

The programme was chaired by Khekiho Shohe, joint director and vote of thanks was proposed by Rongsenlemzung, deputy director.

KVK Kohima: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Kohima celebrated under the theme, “Be the solution to soil pollution”.

A press release from senior scientist and head Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kohima stated that Longmayanger, ACTO (Agril. Extension) presented key note address and emphasized on benefit and usage of soil health card. Kenneth Kath, secretary VDB, appealed to the KVK officers to give more method demonstration related to soil problems and management practices. Short speeches were given by representatives from Kandinu, Ehunnu, Sishunu. Zhiete, ACTO (Soil Conservation) highlighted on the degradation of soil as most of the pollutant originated from human activities. Soil health cards were distributed in addition to training on importance of soil health management and distribution of maize sheller to the participants. 

Earlier, programme was chaired by Imtisenla ACTO (Agronomy), invocation by assistant pastor K. Station, Nonjilo Kath and vote of thanks by Khekali Sema ACTO (Horti).

KVK Wokha: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Wokha, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Nagaland Centre, Longsachung observed the day at KVK conference hall. 

A press release from KVK Wokha stated that, senior scientist and head KVK Wokha, Dr. S. K. Baishya chaired the programme and highlighted about the importance of soils for food security and agriculture development. 

T Lanusenla Lkr, SDO (Civil), Wokha as chief guest on the occasion cited the importance of the programme and requested the farmers to take advantage of soil testing facility provided by KVK Wokha. Chief guest also distributed soil health cards to the farmers of Wokha district.

Megokhono Meyase, subject matter specialist (Horticulture) spoke in detail about the importance of the soil testing and soil health card for the farmers. 

Litemo Murry, DSCO Wokha also informed to the gathering that very soon the state department will start the soil testing facility for the farmers. Rosemary, SDAO, Wokha also spoke. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr H. Moaakum Sangtam, subject matter specialist (Animal Science).

KVK, NU: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Nagaland University (NU) celebrated the day at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Zunheboto, Nagaland University. 

A press release from KVK, NU senior scientist & head, Dr. Rakesh Kumar Chaurasia stated that, the day was observed under the theme, “Be the solution to soil pollution”. Chief guest prof. N. S. Jamir, vice chancellor in-charge, NU in his speech addressed several issues faced by the farming community. He also stressed on the preservation of forest from further degradation and loss of flora and fauna so that the future generation can get their share.

Participants were imparted training on soil health management by Naropongla (farm manager) of KVK. Branch manager, SBI Lumami spoke on the various facilities which are available with SBI to empower the famers. Ghukhevi a progressive farmer of Aotsakilimi village spoke on behalf of the farming community. Earlier, Dr. Rakesh Kumar Chaurasia welcomed the participants and vote of thanks was proposed by Edenly Chishi (SMS, Horticulture). The programme ended with distribution of 184 soil health card. 

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