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World Soil Day celebration at the University

The World Soil Day-2015 was celebrated at different Stations viz., at three Regional Research Stations (Terai, Old Alluvial and Hill Zone) and five KVKs of the Viswavidyalaya on December 05, 2015. The central programme was organized at Agriculture Technology Information Centre (ATIC) at Pundibari, Cooch Behar, West Bengal. There, the inaugural programme was started at 11.00 a.m. with the lightening of lamp by the Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Cooch Behar Constituency, Smt. Renuka Sinha, who embellished the Chair of Chief Guest on the occasion. The programme was presided over by the officiating Vice-Chancellor of the University and Dean, Faculty of Horticulture, Prof. J.C. Jana. The other dignified persons graced the occasion were the Director of Extension Education, Prof. T.K. Hath; Principal Scientist, ATARI, ICAR, Zone-II, Dr. F.H. Rahaman; Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Head of the Department, Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry, , Prof. Dr. Mukhopadhyay and the Programme Coordinator of Cooch Behar KVK, Dr. S.K. Das. In his welcome address Prof. T.K. Hath, highlighted the importance of soil in human life, society and environment. He also apprised the house that the University would continue the process of soil testing and distribution of Soil Health Card to 3000 farmers within March, 2016. The Chief Guest in her address highlighted the importance of observing World Soil Day and requested the University Authority to continue the programme as a part of the National Programme. The Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor also stressed the need for maintaining the soil health for sustaining the crop production, quality of life of the farmers and common people and food security. Dr. F.H. Rahaman and Prof. Dr. Mukhopadhyay also pointed out the importance of soil testing and maintenance of soil health for crop production and protecting the environment. Two hundred and ninety five (295) farmers from different Gram Panchayets belonging to three Blocks viz. Cooch Behar-I, Cooch Behar-II, Mathabhanga-II and Dinhata-II participated in the said programme. Besides, the In-charge, RRS, Terai Zone Prof. Ashutosh Sarkar and teachers from various Departments, students and other staff of the University attended the programme.The Chief Guest, Smt. Renuka Sinha initiated distributing Soil Health Card to the farmers. Later other dignitaries distributed the cards to the participating the farmers. The programme was concluded by Farmers-Scientists Interaction with special emphasis on the problems of soil faced by the farmers and their possible solutions.

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