FICCI in partnership with Corteva Agriscience, organised a panel discussion on Sustainable Soil Health Management to commemorate World Soil Day 2022 on December 5, at Federation House, New Delhi. The event highlighted innovative solutions to conserve soil health and delved into various challenges that impact crop productivity, challenging the food security for the growing population.
Participants representing agribusiness industries, policymakers, scientists from research institutions, progressive farmers, and academia participated in the summit. The panellists deliberated upon the good agriculture practices (GAP) for efficient and judicious utilisation of soil management and sustainable agricultural practices farmers should adopt for maintaining soil productivity. They also examined the major soil constraints which can severely impact crop productivity and how these challenges can be addressed.
Highlighting the soil data, Dr MS Rao, Former Head & Principal Scientist, ICAR-Indian Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bengaluru, quoting the 2022 Dalwai report, said, India’s soil organic carbon has declined from 1 per cent to 0.3 per cent in the past 70 years. This tremendous decline poses a big challenge for food security in the future. And therefore, the farmers need to be made aware of using organic manure to conserve the soil organic carbon.
Speaking on the role of private players in the sustainable utilisation of soil, Dr Naved Sabir, Principal Scientist, Centre for Protected Cultivation Technology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), said, “For better soil health, there’s a need to apply good agriculture practices (GAP) which should be responsive and responsible for the society. Good agriculture practices stand on four pillars; they should be environment-friendly, should be healthy for human lives, should be sustainable and there should be accepted in society.”
Speaking at the discussion, Manoj Patil, Strategic Initiative Lead, South Asia, Corteva Agriscience said, “Through this event, we successfully drove insightful discussions around soil management. The key is to take these learnings and ensure that they are percolated to farmers across the country.”
“The importance of soil is hard to overstate. Healthy soil equals an ecosystem that drives plant growth, farmers’ productivity and ultimately yield and profitability. A shift from managing the soil to proactively advancing soil health has created long-term value. It also recognises the greater role it plays in benefiting farmland and the environment,” he further said.
Healthy soil is the foundation of crop productivity and sustainability. Soil is a living and active part of the earth and by proactively implementing sustainable farming practices farmers can elevate harvests promoting good crop yields and long-term soil sustainability.
Other speakers at the World Soil Day panel discussion included Hemendra Mathur, Chairman, FICCI Task Force on Agri Startups; Dr Vishal Somvanshi, Principle Scientist, Division of Nematology, ICAR-IARI and Nayeem Pasha, Chief of Marketing, KrishiTantra.
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