A healthy soil is considered to be a soil that has a good structure, a good water holding capacity, a good amount of nutrients and a good variety of living micro-organisms.
Values used to measure soil health include soil depth, root density, water holding capacity, biological activity, presence of nutrients and presence of organic matter. In addition, the soil’s ability to filter and purify water is also an important factor in soil health.
There are several values and standards used to measure soil health. Some of these include:
Each of these values has a range considered ideal for a healthy soil and their variation may depend on soil type and use.
Healthy soil is essential for sustainable and productive agriculture. Because healthy soil provides ideal conditions for plant growth, which in turn can improve crop productivity.
In addition, healthy soil can help retain water and nutrients, which can reduce the risk of drought and crop failure due to lack of nutrients.
Healthy soil can also help reduce the use of fertilisers and pesticides, as plants will be better equipped to resist diseases and pests. In addition, healthy soil can help improve water quality and biodiversity by maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
In addition, healthy soil is essential for sustainable agriculture, as it allows for long-term agricultural production without degrading natural resources and without causing damage to the environment.
In conclusion, healthy soil is essential for sustainable and productive agriculture. Healthy soil provides ideal conditions for plant growth, improving crop productivity and helping to retain water and nutrients.
Because, healthy soil can help reduce the use of fertilisers and pesticides, improve water quality and biodiversity, and is essential for long-term sustainable agriculture.
It is important for farmers and authorities to set goals and strategies to improve and maintain soil health, as healthy soil is fundamental to ensure food security and a healthy environment.
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