English | Dzongkha Wednesday, December 12, 2018

World Soil Day observed in Trongsa

Passang, Trongsa
Dec 6, 2018

Coinciding with world soil day yesterday, the National Soil Services Center (NSSC) advocated the importance of healthy soil and sustainable management of soil resources to the people of Trongsa. The day is observed on the theme “Be the Solution to Soil Pollution.”

Officials said issues related to soil, land and watershed is increasing every year. Bhutan has only about three per cent of arable land out of which seventy per cent is dry land and thirty per cent is wetland.

“Since Bhutan is located on the hilly and sloppy area, the land formation is not very strong. Hence, through today’s program, we would like to convince people that managing the soil and land properly is critical,” Kuenzang Nima, from NSSC, said.

He also added that people should reap the optimal benefit by effectively utilizing the limited arable land that the country has.

“We must protect and manage effectively both the cultivable and non-cultivable land, in order to pass it to the future generations.”

Various exhibitions focusing on improving the fertility of soil, minimizing soil pollution, increasing the productivity and marketing the produce were part of the event.

“We knew how important the soil is for every one of us. Moreover, I also understood that the usage of plastics is also causing the soil pollution” Tshering Pelden, a farmer, said.

“I understood about soil erosion, infertile soil, and chemical fertilizers and its impact on our health,” Pema Gyeltshen, Tshogpa, Trongsa (DZO)

The NSSC also launched the song titled “Rin-chen Saa-Zhii” which talks about the importance of the soil. The December 5 is observed as world soil day worldwide.

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