The soil health is waning due to soil erosion, loss of organic matter, and nutrition depletion that has become a matter of grave concern and poses a threat of food insecurity, said University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan.

He addressed the inaugural session of 19th International Soil Congress of Sciences themed soil health and sustainable development goals at Iqbal Auditorium that was jointly arranged by UAF and Soil Science Society of Pakistan. Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that we are polluting our soil with our own hands. He said that decreasing soil fertility is a real challenge for which agricultural scientists should enhance their efforts to address the issue at the national and international level. He said that country needed a serious intervention to combat environmental, soil and water degradation with proper remediation. He said that management of soil variability will ensure the sustainable agriculture production. He stressed upon the need to save soil as the situation was worsening.