THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state will observe World Soil Day on Monday. As part of this, the state soil survey and soil conservation department will be undertaking a massive campaign to create awareness among the public on the importance of protecting soil. The observance of World Soil Day, an initiative of the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural organisation aims to connect people with soils and to impart awareness on its importance in our daily life and survival.
The day coincides with the birthday of Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand who strived to raise global awareness on soils. The state level inauguration will be held at Kanakakunnu Palace on Monday at 10.30 am. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the function which will be presided by the Minister for Agriculture V S Sunil Kumar.
As part of the celebrations, an exhibition on the importance of soils and the different types of soils available in Kerala has been arranged at the venue. There will be a sale of soil sample kits for students and books pertaining to soils of Kerala on a discounted price.
A special postage stamp to commemorate the event will be released in collaboration with the Department of Posts on the occasion. Seminars for farmers on Soil Health Management for Sustainable Agricultural Development and climatic change and natural resource conservation will also be organised.