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Today, December 5 is World Soil Day

Today, Thursday, 5th December 2019 is World Soil Day.

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being.

World Soil Day 2019 will be held under the theme, 'Stop Soil Erosion, Save our Future'!

The total land area of Ghana is 23,853,900 ha of which 57.1% (13,628,179 ha) is suitable for agriculture but most of the soils are of low inherent fertility.

The coarse nature of the soils has an impact on their physical properties and water stress is common during the growing season.

Extensive areas of the country’s land area particularly the Interior savannah zone have suffered from severe soil erosion and land degradation in various forms. The soil nutrient depletion rates in Ghana are projected as 35 kg N, 4 kg P and 20 kg K ha.

The Ghana Soil Information Service has been formed to provide soil information electronically and Information will be available through digital maps to farmers and other end users.

The initiative, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will help address crop production decline due to cultivation in wrong soil types as well as the inappropriate application of fertilizer.

Source: Kofi Atakora/

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