Climate Change department of Gujarat has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to participate in the global movement for ‘Save Soil’. The MoU was signed in Ahmedabad between Isha Outreach’s Founder & Spiritual Leader Sadhguru, and Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendra Patel.
Jaggi Sadguru has embarked on a 100-day motorbike journey to raise worldwide awareness for soil regeneration campaign. The 30,000 km trip through the Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East is an effort to alert the policymakers to prioritise soil. Under this journey, Shri Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev was present in Gujarat to sign an MOU on ‘Save Soil’.
Gujarat has become the first state in the country to align itself with this global movement for soil conservation. ‘Save Soil’ Campaign has been launched by the Isha Foundation to raise awareness against the worldwide degradation of soil fertility. As the quality of soil has a considerable effect on the human and other organisms’ heath, this movement can help address the soil crisis by bringing together people from around the world. Besides, healthy soil is inevitable to maintain life on earth. Several micronutrients in the soil are essential for agricultural crop growth and development.
In this regard, in 2006-07, Gujarat undertook a far-sighted initiative of ‘Soil Health Card’ to maintain the health and quality of soil during the tenure of Shri Narendra Modi as the then Chief Minister of Gujarat . There are 115 soil health laboratories in the state to measure nutrients in the soil. Under the direction of the Prime Minister, ‘Soil Health Card’ scheme has now been implemented across the country.
Usage of chemicals along with the effects of pollution and climate change has impacted the soil fertility. This has also led to decline in nutrients from agricultural crops. Some reports claim that 24 per cent of the world’s fertile soil has been lost to desertification. United Nations has also warned that if the current practise continues through 2050, around 90 per cent of the earth’s surface will be degraded.
To safeguard the country from this, and maintain soil fertility, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave a new motto of ‘Back to Basic’ to farmers encouraging them to adopt Natural Farming. State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel has further strengthened this commitment by signing ‘Save Soil’ MoU with the Isha Outreach, Isha Foundation.
The MoU has been signed between the State Government’s Climate Change Department and Isha Outreach with the aim of creating awareness and public participation in various initiatives for soil conservation in Gujarat. To prevent desertification, control salinity intake of soil and increase green cover are the objectives of this MoU.
Ministers of State Cabinet, office bearers, senior secretaries and members of Isha Foundation, followers of Shri Sadhguru were present on the occasion of signing the MOU.