Celebration of World Soil Day at ICAR-CIRCOT

“World Soil Day” was celebrated at ICAR- Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai by organising a webinar on “Halt Soil Salinization, Boost Soil Productivity” on the eve of this day on 4th December 2021. Two interactive lectures were organised in this webinar. It was the 21st DARE-ICAR-CIRCOT public awareness campaign under India @75.

Dr. Sujata Saxena, Director (Acting), ICAR-CIRCOT welcomed the dignitaries, CIRCOT scientists, technical and other staff from the Headquarters and regional units and incubates and start-ups participating in this webinar in online and offline modes. She told that agricultural productivity is directly dependent on soil health. She briefed about soil salinity, its implication on crop quality and productivity and emphasized that providing optimum irrigation to the crops can help in preventing soil salinity. She told that the webinar is organised to apprise the participants about this major abiotic crop stress and ways and means to prevent and mitigate it.

The first lecture on “Role of Microbes for Mitigation of Soil Salinity Stress in Crops” was delivered by Dr. Ajinath Dukare, Scientist, CBPD, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai. He explained about different types of soil salinity, status of saline soil across India and how different microbes can be used to reduce soil salinity. He also informed about different bio-formulations developed by ICAR-Institutions, various government initiatives and schemes to reduce the soil salinity. The second lecture on “Soil Salinization: Identification and Prevention” was delivered by Dr. Prakashkiran Pawar of M/s Green Prosperity Innovations, a start-up of CIRCOT R-ABI. He explained about how soil salinity can increase and how the Lysimeter developed by their start-up can help in reducing the soil salinity. The program was attended by more than 100 participants.