Upgrade soil data base to avoid soil degradation — FUNAAB VC

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Professor Kolawole Salako has called for an upgrade of the soil data base in Nigeria to improve agricultural production.

Professor Salako made this call at the institution in commemoration of this year’s World Soil Day with the theme: “Halt Soil Salinisation, Boost Soil Productivity.”

Professor Salako, a Fellow of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (FSSSN) stated that adequate attention should be on how to manage the soil in Nigeria, revealing that “technology is now available to ensure that the problems associated with soil are overcome.”

According to him, “The issue of soil salinisation is a major problem in the substantial part of the world; it is a condition where you have salt affected soil and you cannot really have the full productivity of the soil.”

The Vice Chancellor therefore stressed the need for the nation to position soil in such a way that would be beneficial to mankind, adding that they should ensure that the right management are applied to conserve and preserve the soil.

He noted that Nigeria needed more land for agriculture because there had been a lot of competition over lands, especially from the construction industry.

The university don charged Nigerians to always see soil as a life support and do everything within their means to conserve it in order to prevent soil degradation.

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