SYLHET: Central Muslim Sahitya Sangsad, Sylhet District Unit brought out a rally on Friday to make Book Fair a success.
BSS, Rajshahi : Speakers at a discussion here yesterday observed all the field level agricultural officials and staff should work together to protect the soil health to uphold its productivity. Protecting soil health from further degradation has become an urgent need to ensure food security of the gradually rising population in the country, they told at the opening session of a five-day training course for sub-assistant agriculture officers (SAAO) here. The training titled "Utilization of Updated Upazila Land and Soil Resource Guide" was organized by Regional office of the Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI) under its 'Soil Research and Strengthening of Soil Research Facilities' project at conference hall of Deputy Director's office of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE). SRDI Chief Scientific Officer Muhammad Kamruzzaman and DAE's District Training Officer Monzurul Haque addressed the meeting as chief and special guests respectively with Principal Scientific Officer Dr Afsar Ali in the chair. SRDI Principal Officer Dr Nurul Islam illustrated the objectives of the training along with its aspects in his welcome speech. Main objective of the training is to disseminate ideas and modern knowledge on how to promote soil test-based fertilization among the farmers. Muhammad Kamruzzaman said substantial and sustainable uses of required organic fertilizers in the farming fields are very important for boosting its health and productivity which is imperative for feeding the country's gradually rising population. Plant and animal waste based fertilizer has a vital role towards protecting the soil nutrients which are being declined due to various natural and man made catastrophes. There is no alternative to protect the soil nutrients from further declining trend amidst the adverse impact of climate change. Soil Scientist Kamruzzaman added the climate change may affect on soil health through lowering soil organic matters like nitrogen and phosphorus levels, decreasing soil moisture holding capacity, disturbing soil pH balance and effective soil calcium carbonate. He, however, said organic matter supplies plant nutrients, increase water holding capacity of soil and reduce residual negative effect of fertilizers and pesticides. The chief guest urged the participants to the best uses of the knowledge to be acquired from the training in their professional fields properly so that the grassroots farmers can derive total benefits of the updated soil resource guide.
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