Food security: Test your soil before planting any crop – Soil scientists to farmers

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The Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) has advised farmers across the country to test the soil before they plant on it.

The institute gave this advice during a training organised by the NISS South-West zonal office for farmers and extension workers in Nigeria held in Ibadan on Thursday.

NISS Registrar, Professor Victor Chude who spoke through Mr. Adewale Nafiu while addressing the participants said the major mistake made by the majority of the farmers is the inability to test the soil before the plant on it.

He said that most farmers run into losses because they fail to test the soil of the location of their farms.

He said for Nigeria to ensure food sufficiency and food security, farmers must test the soil before they plant on it.

“One of the common mistakes and one of the things we are getting wrong is that most people do not do soil testing. Soil testing is like a diagnosis of the problem.

“If you want to do anything on the soil, you have to do soil testing.

“Food security is essential, but anyone who wants to do anything on the soil, you have to test the soil. It is not about what you want to plan. Don’t just say that you want to plant maize, you have to test the soil before you plant it.

“Our institute was established by the act of parliament in 2017, the mandate given to us is to regulate the soil science profession in Nigeria and how to protect the soil. We are to regulate the usage of soil in the country.

“The world is changing now, as an institute, we have developed an application where all issues relating to agriculture can be resolved”.

NISS Zonal Coordinator, Professor James Adediran in his address, explained that the workshop was organised to improve the linkage between soil scientists and other stakeholders.

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He added that the workshop will enhance information sharing among the stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

“We are here to teach our farmers all the necessary information about the new application that was developed recently.

“This workshop is another step forward to enhance the participation of farmers and extension workers in knowledge-driven information technology that will improve the linkage between the soil scientists and agricultural stakeholders”

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