Poor soil management will erode food security
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.