The Nigeria Institute of Soil Science, NISS, has concluded training for farmers and extension agents, as parts of its mandate to promote soil quality management.

NISS, located in cities accross the six geo-political zones with existing tertiary institutions and/or Agricultural-based research institutes with soil science, has it North West zonal office domiciled at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, UDUS.

The zonal workshop held at Sokoto Agricultural Development Project boardroom, on the protection and management of soil resources, was in collaboration with ADPs of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states.

Professor Sumaila Sani Noma, of the department of soil science and agriculture engineering, who is the zonal coordinator, in his presentation, ‘Soil Resources of Nigeria,’ emphasize on characteristics and management of Nigerian soils.

He pointed out that, the soils of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states are moderately fertile with Sandy to loamy sand textures. The lowland soils in the states are mostly more fertile with Sandy clay or clayey sub surface textures.

Other papers presented at the workshop are, Integrated soil fertility management; Good agricultural practices and soil fertility management for maize production in Nigeria and Good agricultural practices and soil fertility management for rice production in Nigeria by Professor Abubakar Dikko, Dr Aliyu Abubakar and Malam Sale Lukman respectively.

Highlight of the workshop were deliberations on soil problems in the three states.