The training titled “Utilization of Updated Upazila Land and Soil Resource Guide” was organized by the Regional office of the Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI) under the Strengthening of Soil Resource and Research Facilities (SRSRF) Project
Experts suggested the use of organic as well as plant and animal waste-based fertilizer in Barind area’s soil for boosting its health as it is declining due to various natural and man-made catastrophes.
Protecting soil health from further degradation has become an urgent need to ensure food security of the gradually rising population in the country, they told at the closing and certificate-giving session of a five- day training course for sub-assistant agriculture officers (SAAO) Tuesday held at the conference hall of the Deputy Director’s office of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in Chapainawabganj.
The training titled “Utilization of Updated Upazila Land and Soil Resource Guide” was organized by the Regional office of the Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI) under the Strengthening of Soil Resource and Research Facilities (SRSRF) Project.
SRSRF Project Director Dr Abdul Bari and DAE Deputy Director Nazrul Islam addressed the ceremony as chief and special guests respectively with SRDI Principal Scientific Officer Muhammad Kamruzzaman in the chair.
SRDI Principal Officer Dr Nurul Islam illustrated the objectives of the training along with its aspects in his welcome speech.
Main objective of the training was to disseminate ideas and modern knowledge on how to promote soil test-based fertilization among the farmers in the region.
Dr Abdul Bari said substantial and sustainable uses of required organic fertilizers in the farming fields are very important for boosting its health and productivity which is imperative for feeding the country’s gradually rising population.
Plant and animal waste based fertilizer has a vital role towards protecting the soil nutrients which are being declined due to various natural and man-made catastrophes.
There is no alternative to protect the soil nutrients from further declining trends amidst the adverse impact of climate change.
Soil scientist Dr Bari added that climate change may affect on soil health through lowering soil organic matters like nitrogen and phosphorus levels, decreasing soil moisture holding capacity, disturbing soil pH balance and effective soil calcium carbonate.
He, however, said organic matter supplies plant nutrients, increases water holding capacity of soil and reduces residual negative effects of fertilizers and pesticides.
The chief guest urged the participants to the best uses of the knowledge acquired from the training in their professional fields properly so that the grassroots farmers can derive total benefits of the updated soil resource guide.