Nigeria wins 2021 World Soil Day Award

Nigeria has surfaced winner of the 2021 King Bhumibol World Soil Day (WSD) Award, introduced to honor individualities and institutions that organised poignant WSD fests.

Nigeria wins 2021 World Soil Day Award

 The award was entered by Nigeria s Ambassador to Thailand,Amb. Oma Djebah at a form in Rio Et Province, Thailand, attended by Princess Maha Chakri-Sirindborn. 
Prof. Victor Chude, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS), described the award as a corner for the country and the institute in particular. 
 Chude noted that it was the first time an African nation won the award since it was introduced in 2018. 
 According to him, it's a recognition of how Nigeria takes the issue of soil operation and protection seriously and its desire to promote sustainable soil operation in order to leave a healthy and productive food system. 
 “ Also, the award brings visibility for the country and value for its soil coffers. 
 “ This is a largely valued award where 48 countries contended,” he said. 

 Chude recalled that the institute had organised series of conditioning to mark the World Soil Day to raise mindfulness on the significance of healthy soils. 
 “ These conditioning involved different actors in the agrarian sector including policymakers, representatives of the academia and diligence. 

 “ The institute coordinated educational systems in primary and secondary seminaries, organised rallies, road walks, expert’ dialogue and shops. 
 “ We also organised cultural performance like drama on healthy soils for healthy living, poetry session, on- ranch trials on sustainable soil operation practices, wireworks on troubles of eroded soils as well as training sessions for soil stakeholders in corridor of the country. 

 “ Emphasis was placed on youth- enhancing, children and teen knowledge on soils and their pivotal significance for food security and climate change mitigation.” 
 He also said the events were extensively circulated via social, print and electronic media, and had reached around half a million people including scientists, government institutions, officers, scholars, growers and general public. 

 “ This group of people were introduced to the content of soil biodiversity through online and print media, contrivance distribution and social media crusade among others,” Chude added. 
 NAN reports that the 6th Global Soil Partnership Assembly championed the establishment of the periodic King Bhumibol WSD Award.