Don Stresses Vital Role of Soil Microbes - THE BUSINESS PACKAGE


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Don Stresses Vital Role of Soil Microbes

 ...As FUNAAB Holds 86th Inaugural Lecture

 By Emeka Oluka & Joy Adeyiga

The need to make deliberate and determined efforts in protecting microbes in the soil so as to maximise their positive effects on food production has been emphasised.

This charge was made by a seasoned Professor of Soil Microbiology, Prof. Oluwatoyin Babalola of the Department of Soil Science and Land Management (SSLM), College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) while delivering the 86th Inaugural Lecture of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

Highlighting the imperative of assessing the repercussions of climate change and human activities on soil microorganisms, Prof. Babalola urged concerted efforts to protect these invaluable agents for maintaining soil quality and environmental balance.

The distinguished lecturer advocated for governmental support for organic farming practices, which enhances soil health, ecosystem services, food safety, and environmental integrity, recommending that agricultural policies in Nigeria be prioritised on the sound management of soil organic matter to provide essential macro and micronutrients for optimal crop growth, development, and yield.

 Besides, she advocated for the need to strengthen both basic and applied research, alongside extension activities, to translate scientific discoveries into practical solutions accessible to farmers.

Prof. Babalola emphasised the significance of robust collaboration between researchers and agricultural extension services to ensure effective dissemination of knowledge and technologies.

Encouraging farmers to adopt and promote soil conservation practices, the 86th Inaugural Lecturer noted the importance of preserving soil resources to enhance their contributions to agricultural productivity.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde welcomed everyone saying that the Inaugural Lecture was the 18th in the College and third in the Department of Soil Science and Land Management.


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