IMPHAL: World Soil Day observation on the theme ‘Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity’ was organised by The Green Foundation at it’s headquarter at Kwakeithel Awang Thiyam Leikai on Saturday.
The Green Foundation is the only Global Soil Partner (GSP) organization in the North Eastern Region of India since 2017 recognized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which is based in Rome. The event also included dedication of Soil Organic Testing Laboratory (SOCT-Lab) of The Green Foundation.
The function was attended by MP Dr. R.K. Ranjan Singh as the Chief Guest; presided by Joint Director, P. Tomba Singh, Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation; with Regional Centre of Organic Farming, Officer in Charge, Dr. Manoj Kumar and CAU, Former Dean Dr. N. Iboton Singh as the guests of honor.
World Soil Day (WSD) is held on 5th December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources. An International day to celebrate Soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, FAO has supported the formal establishment of WSD as a global awareness raising platform. The FAO conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day in June 2013 the UN General Assembly responded by designating 5 December 2014 as the first official World Soil Day.
It was noted that WSD was chosen on December 5 because it corresponds with the official birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadeh, the King of Thailand, who officially sanctioned the event.
In 2016 this day was officially recognized in memory and with respect for the beloved monarch who passed away in October 2016.