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Use of organic fertiliser stressed

Use of organic fertiliser stressed
(Top): Soil Resource Development Institute of Rajbari Regional Office led by Deputy Commissioner Abu Kaisar Khan brings out a procession in the district town on Monday, marking the World Soil Day-2022. (Bottom) Soil Resource Development Institute of Thakurgaon Regional Office led by Deputy Commissioner Md Mahbubur Rahman brings out a procession in the district town on Monday, marking the Day. – Sun Photo

RANGPUR: Experts at a post-rally discussion on Monday stressed on improving soil health by enhancing use of organic fertilisers to enhance crop production and ensure food security amid climate change.

They viewed this at the discussion held at the conference room of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) here, reports BSS.

The district administration and Rangpur divisional office of the Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI) jointly organised the programs in observance of the World Soil Day-2022 with the theme ‘Soils, where food begins’ in the city.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Dr Chitralekha Naznin inaugurated a colorful rally that paraded the city streets and returned to the DC office.

Later, Deputy Commissioner Dr Chitralekha Naznin attended the discussion as chief guest with Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC-General) Md Golam Rabbani in the chair.

Senior Scientific Officer at Rangpur divisional office of SRDI Khandaker Taheratul Hosna gave a presentation narrating the importance of creating awareness on soil health and challenges of proper soil management to establish a healthy ecosystem.

Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension Md Obaidur Rahman Mandal, District Livestock Officer Dr Md Sirajul Haque, District Fisheries Officer Md Badruzzaman Manik and other officials were present.

Terming the soil as the foundation of food production and food security, the experts said at least 95 percent of the food people eat around the world comes from the soil.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), by the year 2050, 60 percent more food must be produced to feed about 9.30 billion people across the globe.

Following proper policy formulation, various pragmatic and time-befitting steps taken by the present government, Bangladesh has become self-sufficient in food through innovation and expansion of modern agricultural technology.

Khandaker Taheratul Hosna said there is no alternative of sustainable management of limited soil resources to achieve the goal of food production through technical excellence to ensure sustainable agricultural development.

The chief guest urged all to create awareness about the soil health, save soil from degradation and improve soil health through making the best use of the latest technologies to keep food production increasing to ensure food security for the growing population.