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Soil Health Card Day observed on 19th February

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme on 19th February, 2015 at Suratgarh in Rajasthan. Fifth year of the launch of the scheme is being observed on the ‘Soil Health Card (SHC) Day’, this year. The scheme aims at issuing soil health cards to all farmers every two years. The card ..

International Conference on Soil and Water Resources Management for Climate started in New Delhi

In New Delhi, the International Conference on Soil and Water Resources Management for Climate has been organized jointly by the Soil Conservation Society of India in association with World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC), China and International Soil Conservation Organization (ISCO), USA  on November 6, 2019. The aim of the 5-day long conference ..

Drought Toolbox officially released in COP14event

The 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has officially released the Drought Toolbox, which is a one-stop shop for all actions on drought. The toolbox can be used by countries to assess drought risks in their regions much in advance, and prepare to deal with the water scarcity. ..

Organic Content in Soil

Owing to the efforts under the Green Revolution wherein farmers adopted modern inputs and technology to increase production, India successfully avoided the spectre of food shortages. But this came at a cost in the form of overexploitation of natural resources, especially soil and water. The crisis is so extreme that it has brought the issue ..

Rattan Lal wins ‘Glinka World Soil Prize 2018’

Prof. Rattan Lal , a distinguished university professor of soil science at the Ohio State University, has won the ‘Glinka World Soil Prize 2018’ in a ceremony at the headquarters of UN FAO in Rome for his remarkable contribution to sustainable soil management. The Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin ..

2018 World Soil Day (WSD)

The World Soil Day (WSD) is observed every year on December 5 to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources. The 2018 theme is ‘Be the Solution to Soil Pollution’. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Soil holds 3 times as much carbon ..

Dredging Issue in River Kosi

Kosi is referred as sorrow of Bihar. In 2008 it breached the embankment in Kushaha (Nepal) and shifted 108 km eastwards. The recurrent calamities along the banks of Kosi could be due to 1,082 million tonnes of silt that has been deposited in it in the last 54 years. This has come out in a ..

Soil Retrogression versus Soil Degradation

Soil retrogression and degradation are two important regressive evolution processes which take place due to loss of equilibrium of a stable soil. Retrogression primarily occurs due to soil erosion. Soil Degradation is an evolution process which is different from natural evolution and is largely related to the local climate and vegetation. It is due to ..