World Soil Day celebrated at ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam

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As part of the World Soil Day celebration, a seminar cum farmers’ meet was organized at ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam on 5th December, 2015 to highlight the importance of soil health management through soil fertility evaluation.

Chettikulangara Grama Panchayath was identified for collection, analysis and preparation of soil health cards based on a preliminary screening. A campaign was organized in Erezha (S) of the Panchayath highlighting the importance of soil test-based fertilizer application and the method of collection of soil samples for analysis. A total of 100 soil samples were collected from different farmer’s fields.

 

Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head of the Station presided over function held on 5th December 2015. In his presidential address, he emphasized the necessity for adopting smart management practices for restoring soil health in the present scenario of soil degradation and environmental problems.

Dr. George. V. Thomas, Director (Retd.), ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod delivered the keynote address on “Soil health for sustainability of mankind”. He presented a broad outline of the current scenario of soil biodiversity, up surging trends in soil degradation, and measures needed for the management of soil health. Methods of soil fertility management through growing leguminous crops in palm basin, in situ vermicomposting with coconut leaves, coir pith composting using poultry manure etc. were also stressed during his address. 

The programme was inaugurated by Sri. N. Padmakumar, IAS, District Collector, Alappuzha.  In his inaugural address, he stressed upon the role of each one of us in soil conservation through farming. He further emphasized that soil is a unique natural resource that need to be protected and preserved for future generation and aptly christened soil as “mother” of nature. Two publications viz., “A hand book on the soil management practices for coconut production” and a folder on “Soil health indicators” were released by him.

 

The soil health cards prepared by the Regional Station, Kayamkulam were distributed to the farmers for understanding and monitoring the general fertility status of the soil.  Soil health indicators such as pH, electrical conductivity, organic carbon, major, secondary and micro nutrient status of soil were printed in each card. Recommendations based on the soil fertility parameters are envisaged in the soil health card for the major crops such as coconut, banana, and some vegetables, commonly cultivated by the farmers in the locality. Dr. Jeena Mathew, Scientist (Soil Science) explained in detail about the soil health indicators included in the soil health card and their scientific interpretation to the farmers. A field visit was also arranged to the experimental plots in the Regional Station, wherein the farmers were given an opportunity to understand the importance of soil health management in achieving potential productivity of coconut palms.

 

Sri. Sreedhara Kurup, President, Keragramam Coconut Producers Federation, Chettikulangara offered felicitations. Dr. P. Anithakumari, Principal Scientist welcomed the delegates and Dr. A. Joseph Rajkumar, Principal Scientist proposed vote of thanks. 



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