World Soil Day celebration by CRURRS, Hazaribag

Brief note on World Soil Day celebration by CRURRS, Hazaribag
An Awareness program was organized by Central Rainfed Upland Rice Research Station (CRURRS, ICAR-NRRI) Hazaribag in the tribal hamlet ‘Chalchalaiya’, Sadar block, Hazaribag to mark the occasion of World Soil Day under the theme “Be the solution to soil pollution” on 5 December 2018 . The program was initiated with the welcome address by Dr. Someshwar Bhagat , PS. Dr Bhagat elaborated the significance of observing world soil day as well as importance of soil health. Dr. Bibhash Chandra Verma, Soil Scientist, elaborated about the importance of soil testing, soil health card, method of soil sampling, importance of nutrients etc. He also demonstrated the techniques related to soil sample collection. Dr S. M. Prasad, PS addressed the gathering and elaborated about the soil fertility maintenance and different methods of composting eg. Indori compost, NADEP compost, vermi-compost etc. to maintain the soil health and make the environment pollution free. Field Assistant Sri Pankaj Kumar Singh, talked about sowing of wheat by zero tillage to reduce cost of cultivation and higher production. Sri Mahesh Tigga, Mukhia, Gurhet Panchayat addressed the farmers and informed about drip irrigation system and other Govt schemes. The programme ended with the vote of thanks given by Tech. Officer Sri Sawan Oraon. About 65 farmers from Chalchaliya and nearby hamlets participated in this World Soil Day program.