Celebration of World Soil Day on 05 December, 2019
World soil Day was organized by ICAR –NIASM, Malegaon, Baramati in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Baramati and Maharashtra State Agriculture Department at Sangavi Village of Baramati tahshil. The program was chaired by Dr. S.A. Syed, Head, KVK, Baramati, Dr. Vanita Salunkhe, Scientist, NIASM, Mr. Amresh Chaudhary, Scientist, NIASM, Dr. Vivek Bhoite, Scientist, KVK, Mr. Y. Jagadale, Scientist, KVK and Mr. Balaji Tate, SDAO, Baramati. About 250 farmers of nearby villages attended this program. The program was inaugurated by the Dr. S.A. Syed, Head and senior scientist, KVK, Baramati. Then, a series of lectures were given by scientists and officers of Maharashtra state agriculture department. Mr. Y. Jagadale delivered lectures on cultivation technologies of drumstick along with its marketing strategies under dryland agriculture. After that, Mr. Amresh Chaudhary, Scientist, NIASM delivered a lecture on importance of World Soil Day and soil health from farmers’ perspective. He awared farmers about the theme of world soil day -2019 i.e. “Stop soil erosion and save your future”. He also informed various techniques of controlling soil erosion which farmers can easily apply in their fields. He also talked about various management practices regarding soil health management. Mr. Vivek Bhoite, Scientist, KVK, Baramati delivered a lecture on reclamation of problematic soil and ratoon sugarcane management. He addressed farmers regarding factors of soil alkalinity and salinity in the soil and its management practices. Mr. Balaji Tate informed farmers about soil health and fertility status of Pune district and distributed soil health cards to farmers.
Dr. Sayed, Head, KVK Baramati has informed farmers about residue-free food production and innovation in agriculture by KVK, Baramati. He informed various new techniques including aquaponics, hi-tech vegetable farming and a new app “Krishak” for benefit of farmers.
A Demonstration of mole plough for subsurface drainage for reclamation of saline soils was also performed in a nearby farmers’ field. At last, a formal vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Hake and program was ended with national anthem.