Dec 5, 2022
World Soil Day was celebrated in various operational areas of BAIF. In Maharashtra, the occasion was celebrated at Dudhmala village under the Tribal Utthan Project being implemented at Dhanora with the distribution of kitchen garden seed kit to 150 families in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Gadchiroli and ATMA. The event was also celebrated at Umberkheda village in Jawhar cluster of Palghar district under the Hinduja Foundation Project. 35 women farmers attended the event which highlighted various soil conservation measures by the Project Leader Darshan Bhoye, demonstration of soil samples and awareness on soil management techniques including crop rotation and promotion of organic farming measures such as Jeevanmrut, vermiwash, composting and Dashparnaik.
In Rajasthan, the event was celebrated under various projects and programmes. At Rausar village in Bikaner, an awareness programme on value of soil and its management was organized under the ITC Mission Sunehra Kal Natural Resource Management Programme to strengthen arid farming system for sustainable development. 60 farmers participated in this programme. The pro-soil approach of BAIF was highlighted through information on smart soil and water management practices adopted by BAIF which have enhanced soil carbon content, increased the crop yield and reduced the use of external inputs. It was also celebrated at Barmer under the Unnati Project in coordination with KVK Gudhamalani to create awareness on soil management among school children and farmers. Under the Hindustan Zinc Ltd. SAMADHAN Project, the event was celebrated at Chanderiya, Chittorgarh, with the active participation of the participant families including women and information on sustainable soil health management was emphasized upon.
In Karnataka, under the NABARD-JK Tyre Billikere Watershed Project, students and teachers of the local primary school at Halebeedu in Hunsur, Mysuru district, actively participated in an awareness campaign on soil conservation.