‘Mitti Bole’, Soil Speaks, a new programme to revitalise India’s degenerated soil : TFT India plans to help support farmers bring life back to soil and safeguard food supplies well into the future.
Abohar, Punjab /November 28, 2018 – the launching of our new programme called Mitti Bole, or Soil Speaks, to support farmers return fertility to the nation’s soils will start from Abohar, Jyani Farm House.
India stands on the brink of a soil crisis. According to a recent report, 120 million hectares, out of 350 million hectares, of soil is already classified as ‘problematic’ as it has either turned acidic, alkaline or saline. This could have a huge impact on agricultural productivity, climate change and, ultimately, human health. Mitti Bole aims to turn this around and nurture India’s soils back to health.
After several years of groundwork supporting 2,000 farmers in the states of Haryana and Punjab, TFT India is now launching Mitti Bole to scale up its impact with more farmers across the country. Soil specialist from France mr. Clode and miss Ledia aware the haryana and Punjab farmers.
Encouraging the practice of agroforestry amongst the farming community as part of responsible land management is central to Mitti Bole, as it is considered key to enhancing the level of soil organic carbon and its nutrient availability. Agroforestry has been shown to have a strong role in improving soil quality and health. The programme also assists farmers in accessing information and knowledge which is readily available through various government-run schemes, such as the soil health card.
“With the help of renowned soil experts, like-minded organisations, and agriculture research institute, Mitti bole will work with farmers to improve the health of their nutrients depleted soil by reducing excessive dependence on fertilisers and pesticides,” Gregoire Jacob, a Member Manager at TFT France, explained.
Ramachandra Phadke, a Programme Officer at TFT India, continued: “The programme will educate the community at large on a range of human-induced factors with can impact soil heal such as deforestation, poor industrial waste management, overgrazing by cattle, inappropriate agricultural practices such as excessive tillage, frequent cropping, poor irrigation and water management.”
“Making agriculture more sustainable, reviving age-old practices of soil regeneration – while striking a fine balance between chemical and organic products — and changing the perception that soil is a commodity, and instead making it a central part of the agricultural conversation, are the main goals we hope to achieve with Mitti Bole,” explained Naresh Chaudhary, TFT.