BSWM Spearheads Soil Conservation Month
The Philippines is a small country with land areas dominated by rolling to very steep terrain (Carating, et al., 2014). Its limited land resources are even more exposed to crop production for daily subsistence for most Filipinos and with these, as early as 1994, almost 80% of our lands were under severe to very severe state of degradation (Carating, et al., 2014). In addition, agricultural practices and economic pressures have severely degraded the agricultural resource base, causing accelerated soil erosion, siltation of irrigation systems, flooding, and water pollution (Briones, 2010).
The declaration of June as Soil Conservation Month under Administrative Order No.16, Series of 2007 is a good step towards addressing the escalating land degradation issues in our country. The order accounts soil and water resources of our country as vital component for sustainable agricultural development towards ensuring food security for the Filipino people.
With this year’s theme “Soil Conservation nurtures Healthy Soils” (Please download here the streamer bearing this year’s theme) which is also aligned to the theme of the International Year of Soils (IYS) “Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life”, soil conservation imparts a crucial role in nurturing heathy soils. Soil conservation technologies commitment to combatting land degradation issues would ensure sustainable development in the agriculture sector.
Briones, R. M. (2010). Addressing Land Degradation: Benefits, Costs, and Policy Directions, XXXVII. Rodelio B. Carating, Raymundo G. Galanta, C. D. B. (2014). The Soils of the Philippines (p. 346).
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