In commemoration of this year’s World Soil Day, the Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (IAR&T), in Ibadan, Oyo State has tasked Nigerians on proper management of the soil.
At a forum organised by the institute in Ibadan to mark the occasion, Executive Director, IAR&T, James Adediran, urged Nigerians to be more aware of the importance of the soil and ensure its proper care.
He also advised stakeholders, including farmers and students of agriculture to acquire knowledge on how best to make use of the soil and conserve it.
“The soil is the treasure of the present and future generations. Soil is from God and given to us to take care of; let’s take care of it so that it will serve us for the purpose for which God created it,” he said.
In her own speech, the Head, Land and Water Resources Management Programme, IAR&T, Olufunmilayo Ande described soil as a non-renewable material that could serve forever if well taken care of.
She emphasised the correlation between good soil and healthy crop productivity.
“A good soil will yield a good crop; a sick one lacks the nutrients to bring forth healthy crops. Before we use the soil, we should carry out soil testing to avoid degradation of the soil. Some soils shouldn’t even be cleared at all before planting while some don’t need to be mechanised.
So the onus lies on us to understand the kind of soil and crop that should be planted together at a place,” she said.
World Soil Day is celebrated worldwide on the 5th of December every year. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘The Care of the Planet Starts from the Ground’.
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