: kvkcuttack@gmail.com
: Office : 0671-2117258

KVK Cuttack celebrated World Soil Day for Creating Awareness on Soil Pollution

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Cuttack, a unit of ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack celebrated World Soil Day 2018 on 5 December 2018 on the theme ‘Be the solution to soil pollution’ at Baliapada village of Nischintakoili block. About 100 farmers and 10 KVK experts and state government officials participated in this event. Soil pollution is an imminent danger which will threaten the human population within the next generation as about one-third of lands are already polluted and the pollution is increasing at an alarming rate. Dr Dillip Ranjan Sarangi, OIC, KVK and the chief guest of the programme requested the farmers and farmwomen to adopt Soil Health Card, need-based nitrogenous fertilizer use by using customized leaf colour chart, use of vermicompost and other organic and biofertilizers to improve the soil fertility. Sri Arabinda Sahoo, block technology manger, ATMA emphasized the use of vermiculture for compost preparation and summer ploughing for restoring soil health. Sri Siddartha Kumar Parida, Assistant Agriculture Officer, Nischintakoili highlighted the importance of green and brown manuring on ensuring soil fertility.  Sri Bishnu Pratap Singh, Assistant Horticulture officer briefed the audience about the different schemes available for the farming community. Dr Tusar Ranjan Sahoo discussed the various nutrient management techniques in the horticultural crop. Dr Manish Chourasia, SMS, Plant Protection elaborated the plant protection needs and emphasized how need-based pesticide use can ensure proper protection to the crop. Dr Ranjan Kumar Mohanta, SMS, Animal Science discussed the underlying ideas for the celebration of the World Soil Day and also discussed the effect of soil pollution and mechanisms how we can minimize the effects on plant and animal health with ensuring the soil fertility and sustainable production.  One hundred soil health cards were distributed among beneficiaries on this occasion. We must come together for preservation of soil health for sustainable production and saving the soil for our posterity.