Venue :Jaypurpatna, Block : Bhubaneswar, District : Khurda, Odisha
Total number of participants attended the function :265
Number of Soil Health Card distributed : 250
Name of dignitary (s) graced the occasion: Dr (Prof) Prasanna Kumar Patasani, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, (Bhubaneswar)
ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management (ICAR-IIWM) celebrated World Soil Day 2015 at Jaypurpatna village, Bhubaneswar block, Khurda, district by conducting Scientists - Farmer interaction on 'Importance of Soil Health'. More than 250 farmers from Jaypur Patna, Jaypur, Dihapur and Bikipur villages participated in the programme.
On this occasion the Chief Guest of the program, Dr (Prof) Prasanna Kumar Patasani, Hon'ble Member of Parliament (Bhubaneswar), distributed Soil Health Cards to farmers. He appreciated the effort being taken up by the Institute and expressed the necessity of maintaining soil health for sustainable agricultural production. Dr. S. K. Ambast, Director, ICAR-IIWM in his Presidential remark emphasized the role of ICAR in taking up the mission of soil health in a large scale and assured farmers to help them with all expertise and technologies to maintain soil health. He mentioned that soil samples examined were found deficient in organic matter as well as in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium content. He added that balanced fertilization is required to maintain our soil with an integrated approach by using organic as well as inorganic inputs. Dr. S. Raychaudhuri, Principal Scientist, ICAR-IIWM suggested farmers to use Soil Health Cards (SHC) as a tool to improve soil health which in turn will improve the productivity of the soil. During Scientist Farmer interaction, the Scientists from the Institute elaborated the technologies viz., integrated nutrient management, integrated farming system, cropping system, water management technologies, residue management, composting to the farmers to maintain soil health. While proposing the vote of thanks Dr. Mausumi Raychaudhuri, Principal Scientist mentioned thatgreater awareness to maintain soil health among the people is highly required and we should propagate the slogan Swasth Dhara, Khet Hara.