World Soil Day: Need for healthy soil for healthy ecosystems, says India Greens Party


Press Statement 

Unchir-Dunktok, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, 5 December 2022: The India Greens Party (iGP) today said there is an urgent need to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, increasing soil awareness and encouraging societies to improve soil health.

In a press statement issued here at the party’s national head office (NHO), Chief Spokesperson of the party, Suresh Nautiyal, said the World Soil Day 2022 (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign “Soils: Where food begins” aims to raise this awareness.

The Co-Presidents of the party, Ms Nazeema AK and Rajendra Minj, said the salt-affected soils have a decreased ability to act as a buffer and filter against pollutants. Therefore, the governments need to halt soil salinisation and sodification which are major soil degradation processes threatening ecosystem and are known as being among the most important problems at a global level for agricultural production, food security and sustainability in arid and semi-arid regions.

Party’s Secretary-General Prabhath Prabhakaran said the salt-affected soils have serious impacts on soil functions, such as in the decrease in agricultural productivity, water quality, soil biodiversity, and soil erosion.

Secretary-General Archana Patel-Nandi said soil salinisation breaks down our soils and reduces their ability to help our food grow. Salt-affected soils reduce both the ability of crops to take up water and the availability of micronutrients. They also concentrate ions that are toxic to plants and may degrade the soil structure.

-Issued by Suresh Nautiyal, Chief Spokesperson, India Greens Party.


(India Greens Party is registered with the Election Commission of India under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Registration Number: 56/476/2018-19/PPS-I, effective from 18/07/2019.)

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