Strategy for sustainable farming should focus on soil health management – P. Karunakaran, M.P.


Mr. P. Karunakaran, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Kasaragod stated that our strategy for sustainable farming should focus on soil health management. We have been neglecting our soils for too long. Soil related constraints adversely affect crop productivity. It is high time that we take up some preserving and restoring actions to regenerate the soil health. The theme for World Soil Day celebration on 5th December 2015 this year is ‘Soils a solid ground for life’ and it is imperative that all of us become aware about the significance of soil as the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. Local self governments need to formulate and implement location specific programmes for soil conservation with the support from government agencies and such initiatives will be successful only if we ensure active participation of local people in the implementation.


Mr. P. Karunakaran was inaugurating the World Soil Day celebration and distribution of Soil Health Cards to farmers at a function organsied by the ICAR - Central Plantation crops Research Institute (ICAR-CPCRI), Kasargod. Soil health cards were distributed to selected farmers from Kasaragod district in the function.


Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR - CPCRI presided over the inaugural function. Dr. Chowdappa informed that CPCRI has made efforts to strengthen research to evolve resource conserving technologies, especially technologies for soil and water conservation suitable for coconut and arecanut based cropping systems.

Mr. C. Prabhakaran, President, Madikkai grama panchayat, Mr. A. Rajan Kuttyanam, award winning farmer and, Dr. Ravi Bhat, Head Division of Crop production, CPCRI offered felicitations.

A training programme for farmers on soil health management was also organized as part of the World Soil Day celebration at CPCRI, Kasaragod. Dr. K.U.K. Nampoothiri Director (Retired) CPCRI inaugurated the training programme. Dr. C. Thamban and Dr.  A.C. Mathew, Principal Scientists, CPCRI handled sessions on resource conserving technologies for soil health management to ensure sustainable crop production.

Visit to experimental plots also was arranged for the farmers.

Dr.  C. Thamban, welcomed the gathering and Dr. K.P. Chandran proposed vote of thanks.