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Group Urges FG To Regulate Use Of Soil Resources

Posted: Apr 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor, ABUJA
Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) has urged the Federal Government to establish a National Soil Policy and Institute of Soil Science that would regulate the use, conservation and management of the nation’s soil resources.
A communique by the SSSN issued by Prof. Victor Chude, its President, said the establishment of the National Soil Policy would serve as a means of checking accelerated soil /land erosion and degradation across the country.
The SSSN said the soil scientists should be actively involved in the design and construction of all soil/land based projects to ensure that appropriate measures are adopted to avoid catastrophic erosion problems.
According to the communiqué, the SSSN has observed that “soil scientists are not involved in the design and construction of runways, motor ways, estate development and similar activities that involve cut and fill which often trigger accelerated soil erosion like gullies.
“That though Nigeria is a signatory to the World Soil Charter, there is no National Soil Policy to regulate soil/land use, conservation and management.
“That soil physical, chemical and biological degradation is widespread in the country and is adversely affecting sustainable ecosystem services, and food and nutrition security.
“That Climate Change is a reality, and is adversely affecting the Nigerian environment in terms of air, water and soil/land quality, and ultimately leading to low agricultural productivity.
“That there is increasing need to conserve the nation’s soils and reclaim those that have been degraded physically, chemically and biologically, through the adoption of suitable technologies tailored towards sustainable soil/land conservation and management, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.”
However, the society commended the Federal Government on the bold step taken to resuscitate the National Fertilizer Technical Committee to guide the nation on appropriate fertilizer formulation based on soil testing and use in site-specific crop nutrition.
The SSSN further commended the efforts of the National Assembly in the steps so far taken in the process for the approval of the Nigerian Institute of Soil Science (NISS) bill, to holistically address the soil and land resources management problems of the country, and also request the National Assembly to kindly expedite action on the passage of the same bill into law.
The Society said that “to get our agriculture right, we must get our soil right.”