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Poor soil management will erode food security

  • Published
    5th Dec, 2022

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The consequences of the irreparable damage by soil degradation on human and healthy ecosystems can affect the government’s food security efforts for sustainable future.

Degradation and its consequences:

  • Drivers of soil degradation: The primary sources are industrial activities, mining, waste treatment, agriculture, fossil fuel extraction, and processing and transport emissions.
  • Depleting health of soil: Nearly 3.7 million hectares suffer from nutrient loss in soil. Excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides and irrigation with contaminated wastewater are also polluting soils.
  • The area affected: Soil degradation in some form or another affects around 29% of India’s total land area.
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