By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Executive Director of Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Professor James Adediran on Wednesday attributed ignorance as the major cause of most of the damages to soil in Nigeria.
Professor Adediran stated this while speaking at the 2018 World Soil day held at the institute’s premises in Ibadan.
Represented by Professor Akin Oluwatosin, a professor of soil survey and land management, the IAR&T Director lamented that it was unfortunate that most people with their activities do not know when they are damaging the soil, saying, ” to celebrate world soil day, there is need to educate ourselves because most of the damages to our soil are due to ignorance”
“Most people do not know when they are damaging the soil and sometimes the damages are irreparable. The theme of this year’s world soil day is “Be the solution to soil pollution”, soil pollution is a major threat to soil and poses a serious risk to food safety. There are many sources of soil pollutant ranging from natural/inherent (from soil parent materials) to human-induced (industries, household wastes, agrochemicals etc).” he said.
Professor Adediran added, “effects of these pollutants can be felt in the soil, food security and human health. The purpose of our gathering today is to educate ourselves on how to combat this soil threat and have a healthy society. In addition, we also want to encourage future generations to pick a career in soil by giving award of excellence to best students in soil courses from institutions in South-western Nigeria”.
The event was attended by teachers and students from some secondary schools in the state.