Gujarat became the first state in India to sign the “Save Soil” MoU under Climate Action and Land Conservation with Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Outreach on Monday. Sadguru, the founder of Isha Foundation, has embarked on a 100 day 60,000 km bike journey to create worldwide awareness for the Save the Soil campaign.
In the presence of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Isha Foundation founder spiritual guru Sadguru, MOU was signed between the Climate Change Department of the State Government and Isha Outreach for Climate Action-Land Conservation under ‘Save Soil’ in Ahmedabad. The ‘Save the Soil’ Campaign has been launched by the Isha Foundation to raise awareness against the worsening quality of fertile soil in the world.
Gujarat has already taken the far-sighted initiative of ‘Soil Health Card’ for the health and quality of farmers’ farm soil from 2006-07 during the tenure of the present Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. There are also 115 soil health laboratories for measuring nutrients in the soil. Under the direction of the Prime Minister, this Soil Health Card scheme has now been implemented across the country.
There are also 115 soil health laboratories for measuring nutrients in the soil. Under the direction of the Prime Minister, this Soil Health Card scheme has now been implemented across the country.
Sadhguru said soil fertility is declining in the country and the world due to the use of chemicals and pollution as well as the effects of climate change. As a result, interest in agricultural crops has also declined. The United Nations has also warned that if soil continues to be depleted at the same rate, by 2050, 60 per cent of the earth’s surface could be turned into a desert in the next three decades.
On the occasion of signing this MOU, Minister of State for Co-operation Jagdish Vishwakarma, Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar, Front Secretary of Climate Change Department S. J. Haider, senior secretaries and members of Isha Foundation, followers of Sadguru were present.