Rajasthan becomes second Indian state to sign memorandum of understanding to save soil

Rajasthan has become the second Indian state to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to save soils by preventing and reversing desertification of fertile land.

In the Save Soil program held in Jaipur on Friday evening, Rajesh Chand Meena, State Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Lalchand Kataria, State Agriculture Minister with Sadhguru, Founder of the Foundation Isha, called for immediate political action to save the state and the country’s farmlands from becoming barren.

A policy must be put in place to save soils globally, he said, adding, “In India, the average organic matter content of agricultural soils is estimated at 0.68%, which puts the country at risk. to a high risk of desertification and soil extinction. 30% of the country’s fertile soils have already become sterile and unable to yield. »

Kataria and Sadhguru exchanged a memorandum of understanding to save the state’s soil by developing farmer- and soil-friendly agricultural policies.

Sadhguru, who is currently on a 100-day, 30,000 km solo motorcycle journey across Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East to build global consensus on soil health, hit the Indian coast on 29 May at Jamnagar Port, Gujarat.

During Sadhguru’s stay in Jamnagar, the state of Gujarat became the first Indian state to sign a memorandum of understanding to save the soil.

Meanwhile, Meena speaking on the occasion said, “Everything we see in nature comes from the ground and will return to the ground. This movement is not Sadhguru’s personal movement, it is for the benefit of the ordinary man.”

Thousands of people flocked to Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Center (JECC) for the event. Featuring music and dance performances by renowned folk artists Ila Arun, Kutle Khan and Isha’s house troupe, Sounds of Isha and Isha Sanskriti.

Sadhguru started the global movement to save soils in the wake of dangerous soil erosion, which could lead to the desertification of 90% of the planet’s agricultural soils by 2050, in less than three decades.

The fundamental goal of the Save Soil campaign is to fight against soil extinction and to insist on ensuring at least 3-6% organic matter in agricultural land through immediate policy reforms in every country in the world. .

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