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On 5th December, Bhutan joined the global community world-wide to celebrate the World Soil Day with the National Soil Services Centre (NSSC), DoA organizing the celebration at the Moelamthang at Damphu in Tsirang. With the theme “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life” the main objective of the celebration was to highlight the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural eco-system and as a vital contributor to the human wealth through its contribution to food, water and energy security and as a mitigator of biodiversity loss and climate change. 2016 being the year of pulses, the importance of pulses as soil fertility enhancer was also highlighted.wsd161

Director, Department of Agriculture graced the occasion as the chief guest and opening the day’s activities strongly emphasized on the importance of soil and land management considering the limited arable land in Bhutan on which about 65% of our population still subsist. In order to help improve our food sufficiency goals, the importance of soil & land management cannot be overlooked.wsd163

At the ground, there were posters, products displays and presentations from the National Soil Services Centre, National Organic Program, Agriculture Machinery Center and National Plant Protection Centre. Along with the communities of different Gewogs, students and staff of Tsirang Dzongkhag participated in the celebration. During the celebration, vegetable seeds were distributed to the participating farmers and others. About one thousand people participated which included local communities, students and civil servants.