Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI) along with Ministry of Agriculture, FAO and Soil Science Society of Bangladesh organized a workshop on international year of soils 2015 at Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC), Dhaka dated 13 December 2015. Honourable minister of agriculture Begum Matia Chowdhury, MP; and secretary of ministry of agriculture, FAO representative, heads of various departments, professors, scientist, farmers and distinguished guest attended the workshop.
Program of the day started through a rally in the morning. Speakers and guests of the workshop discussed on various challenges of soil and water management, available soil data, soil fertility degradation, environmental protection, FAO focal points, fertilizers use in agriculture, farmer services, soil biological life, cropping patterns, present land use, ground water extraction and future management options.
Read more on IYS 2015 from below.
Text below is adapted from FAO website:
The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) (A/RES/68/232).
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.
The specific objectives of the IYS 2015 are to: