The Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) has rolled out its five year strategic action plan which is geared towards addressing challenges of soil degradation, among others. The NISS is the Agency saddled with the mandate of regulating the profession of soil science, as well as providing a scientific basis for enhancing and sustaining productivity of soil resources with minimal environmental degradation, especially with regards to food production in the country.
A statement by Professor Victor Chude, the NISS Registrar, noted that the implementation of the action plan is targeted towards “addressing the challenges of soil degradation, protection of the soil, promotion of sustainable soil management, ultimately leading to food and nutrition security in the country. The Action Plan, which implementation commenced June 2020 to 2025, is categorized into five Thematic Areas (Pillars 1-5) for effective and efficient coordination and monitoring”.
According to the statement, the action plans include: “promote sustainable management of soil resources for soil protection, conservation and sustainable productivity. Encourage investment, technical cooperation, policy, education, awareness and extension in soil. Promote targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps, priorities, and synergies with related productive, environmental, and social development actions, by assessing and prioritizing soil related research gaps.” Nigerian Tribune