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International Union of Soil Sciences
WORLD SOIL DAY 2013
December 5, 2013 is World Soil Day. This day is aimed to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to the human wellbeing.
In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), made a resolution proposing December 5th as World Soil Day. This day is designated to celebrate the importance of soil and its vital contributions to human health and safety. The main objective is to increase public awareness of the importance of healthy soils, for food security, ecosystem functions and sustainable development. Soil forms the base on which the agricultural sector is built, and as an island with limited land resources it is absolutely necessary for us to acknowledge the importance of healthy soils and its contribution to sustainability of the sector.
World Soil Day is a universal activity that institutions, government agencies scientists and conservationists join in to celebrates the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to the human development through its contribution to food security, water balance and energy. The nature of soil makes it vulnerable to human and environmental factors.
In Jamaica the area of soil available for cultivation is limited and is increasingly under pressure due to land management practices, competition from non-agricultural uses and unsustainable agricultural practices. Healthy soils are required for sustainable agricultural production. Preservation of the nation’s agricultural lands is vital for sustainable agricultural development.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is using this opportunity to sensitize the public on the true value of this vital natural resource. By improving soil health, the nation can benefit through increased agricultural production, sustainability of natural resources, improved water and air quality, providing natural habitats and reducing flooding.