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Real estates blamed for threats to soil health

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By Amadou Jadama

The executive director of Soil Solution, an NGO, has revealed that soil health is threatened by various factors including real estate developers and deforestation.

Ebrima Jarra made these remarks Thursday at a  press briefing to mark  World  Soil Week meant to raise awareness about the importance of soil health and its role in sustainable lives on earth, held at the Department of Soil and Water Management Services office in Yundum.

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Mr Jarra said  soil is a very vital resource that supports plant growth and provides essential  nutrients for human and animal lives as well as playing a crucial role in regulating earth’s  climate and water cycles.

“However, soil health is threatened by deforestation, and urbanization with real estate companies mushrooming and degrading some of our lands, exposing them to erosion in addition to intensive agricultural practices. These are mainly  the factors  that catalyzed  the process of land degradation , “he said.

Mr Jarra added that farmers also need capacity and understanding of how to sustainably  use the soil, because if they don’t know that, they will keep using soil any how and that would lead to its degradation.

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Soil Solution CEO further revealed that the week of soil activities is aimed at promoting soil health and conservation and is  dedicated to celebrate the actions of various organisations and individuals around the country and to raise awareness about the importance of soil and its role in sustaining life on earth.

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