Celebrating World Soil Day to Mark His Majesty the King’s Birthday

The Land Development Department, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, is organizing a World Soil Day fair in honor of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the occasion of his birthday, 5 December.

The fair takes place at the Land Development Department on Phahonyothin Road in Bangkok between 3 and 5 December 2014. It features an exhibition on His Majesty the King’s activities and projects to develop and manage soil resources.

His Majesty the King’s concepts in soil resource development and examples of his solutions to soil problems are evident in all six Royal Development Study Centers, established in all regions of Thailand.

Following the 17th World Congress of Soil Science in Bangkok in 2002, executives and members of the International Union of Soil Sciences recognized the importance of the work of His Majesty the King in the field of soil resources development, in particular agriculture development.

Then the International Union of Soil Sciences made a resolution in 2002 to propose 5 December, the birthday of His Majesty the King, as World Soil Day, to honor His Majesty for his promotion of soil science and soil resource conservation.

The Chairman of the International Union of Soil Sciences, Dr. Stephen Northcliff, in his audience with His Majesty the King on 16 April 2012 presented the Humanitarian Soil Scientist award to His Majesty the King, honoring him as the first recipient of the award in the world for his dedication to soil resource management. He also requested that His Majesty’s birthday, 5 December, be declared as World Soil Day.

Later, at the 38th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Conference from 16 to 22 June 2013 in Rome, resolutions declaring 5 December as World Soil Day and 2015 as the International Year of Soils were adopted by consensus.

After the adoption, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations in New York, presented the resolution to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly to declare 5 December of every year as World Soil Day and 2015 as the International Year of Soils.

The objective of this international observance is to promote and raise awareness of the importance of soils towards agriculture development, nutrition, and food security at the national and international levels, in order to address the challenges of continued world population growth.

The success in soil management showed to the world at large His Majesty the King’s ingenuity in solving various soil problems to help in cultivation. His work has inspired many international soil scientists to follow and develop further methods to improve soil management.

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