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The World Soil Day was celebrated successfully on 5th December 2017 at Dagapela under Image#2Dagana Dzongkhag. Dasho Drangpon was the Chief Guest for the day and other dignitaries present were Lam Neyten of Dzongkhag Rabday, Dasho Dzongrab, RBA Dasho Major, DT Chairman, Gups and farmers of 11 Gewogs, Sector Heads and Gewog RNR staff.

The Global Soil Partnership dedicated the World Soil Day 2017 to the theme “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground”. The main message conveyed was that “Soil is a finite natural resource. On a human time-scale it is non-renewable. However, despite the essential role that soil plays in human livelihoods, there is a worldwide increase in degradation of soil resources due to inappropriate management practices, population pressure driving unsustainable intensification and inadequate governance over this essential resource.”

Image#1Seventeen Exhibition stalls exhibited different aspects of soil management, plant protection, and organic agriculture by National Soil Services Centre (NSSC), National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC), National Organic Program (NOP), Agriculture Research & Development Centre (ARDC), Farm Machinery Corporation Ltd. (FMCL), Karma One Stop Shop and Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector. The day’s event was attended by close to 400 people and the event was greatly appreciated by the dignitaries and participants. In addition to this, NSSC launched the first ever national Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) Map of Bhutan to mark the day.