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Refresher training course on Soil Health Management for Sustainable Agriculture for field functionaries

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Booh, Tarn Taran organized a one day Refresher training course on ‘Soil Health Management for Sustainable Agriculture’ for field functionaries and official of Department of Agriculture of district Tarn Taran on 16th March 2017 at its Campus. The Agriculture Development Officer, Agriculture Sub Inspector and Block Technology manager working under State Department of Agriculture and ATMA Scheme, Tarn Taran participated in the training course. The main emphasis of the programme was to address the issues related with soil health and crop productivity.

Dr Anil Kumar, Assistant Professor (Soil Science) and Course Coordinator formally welcomes the delegates arrived from different blocks of Tarn Taran.  Speaking on the inaugural session, Dr SS Hassan, Scientist (Fisheries), highlighted the importance of soil health for sustainable agriculture and stressed that with increasing population, there is lot of pressure to enhance crop productivity to meet out food demand and ensure food security, which cannot be achieved without proper soil management.

Speaking on the occasion Dr Anil Kumar discussed about ‘Centrally sponsored Scheme on Soil Health Card launched by Government of India and highlighted its need and expected outcome. Dr Kumar emphasized that sole application of chemical fertilizers in imbalanced manner and more than recommended doses not only deteriorating the soil health but, also inducing adverse impact on crop productivity, contaminating water bodies and also affecting human health.  Dr Kumar stressed on balanced fertilization and judicious use of organic and inorganic source of the nutrients for sustainable crop production. He further discussed the potential of organic sources of nutrients in supplementing nutrient needs of the crops and their beneficial effects on soil properties.

Dr Navjot Singh Brar, Assistant Professor (Agronomy) shared their view on advanced technology of crop management and their beneficial impacts on soil properties and crop productivity and quality. He also highlighted the adverse impact of poor quality water on soil properties and suggested remedies to tackle problem induced due to poor quality of water. Dr Nirmal Singh, Assistant Professor (Horticulture) highlighted the importance of micronutrients in balanced fertilization. They further discussed their deficiency and corrective measures.

At the end of the programme, Dr Anil Kumar grace the occasion by proposing vote of thanks. He thanked the delegates for their active participation and interest. We also thanked Dr Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director (Training) for providing full co-operation and guidance for conducting this training programme. Dr Kumar further thanked technical and supporting staff of the KVK  Mr Kewal Singh and Mr Khajan Singh, respectively for their assistance. The participants appreciated the efforts of the KVK Scientists for organizing said refresher course.

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