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Introduction

Layyah is facing the problem of water erosion as well as wind erosion. According to the topographic condition, it was dire need to establish a department regarding soil, water conservation and also to develop new strategies and technologies for survival of soil from erosion.

Department of Soil Science was established in September 2020. The mission of this department is to provide research-based quality education to the students. Furthermore, the department is also engaged in research activities to develop strategies for controlling soil and water erosion and to improve nutrients availability of crops in different soils. Developing test strategies and techniques to improve the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of degraded and contaminated soil is also among the missions of department. The department is also concerned top provide technical assistance to the farming community for the reclamation of problematic soils to achieve better crop productivity and net return.

Events

On December 5, 2023, the Department of Soil Science at the College of Agriculture, University of Layyah, celebrated World Soil Day, an occasion recognized globally by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This day serves as a crucial reminder of the significance of soil as a fundamental natural resource sustaining life on Earth. The event aimed to raise awareness about the importance of soil health and its role in ensuring food security, biodiversity conservation, and environmental sustainability.

In Layyah, where soil loss by wind and water erosion poses a significant challenge, the celebration took on added significance. The region is particularly affected by wind erosion due to its arid climate and extensive agricultural practices. Through various activities such as workshops, seminars, and field demonstrations, participants highlighted the pressing issues facing soils in Layyah, including erosion, pollution, and degradation caused by both wind and water. Strategies for mitigating these issues were discussed, emphasizing the need for sustainable land management practices tailored to the local context. Moreover, the celebration underscored the importance of collective action from governments, academia, farmers, and communities to preserve and restore soil health in Layyah and beyond. By fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration, the Department of Soil Science reaffirmed its commitment to advancing soil science research, education, and advocacy to address the challenges confronting soils in Layyah, ultimately aiming for a sustainable future for the region and its inhabitants.

Students Society

The student and faculty members from the Department of Soil Science at the College of Agriculture, University of Layyah, enthusiastically participated in the 20th International Congress of Soil Science (ICSS-2024) held on February 20-22, 2024 at Pir Mehr Ali Shah- Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi. The congress, themed "Soil Health, A Key to Food Security," provided a platform for experts and enthusiasts in soil science to exchange knowledge and ideas crucial for global agricultural sustainability.

The primary aim of their participation was to showcase the Department's commitment to advancing Soil Science in Pakistan and to contribute to the broader goals of the Soil Science Society of Pakistan. By attending various sessions, presentations, and workshops, the team from Layyah actively engaged in discussions on soil health management, sustainable agriculture practices, and the role of soil in ensuring food security. They also shared their research findings, innovative techniques, and experiences, thus fostering collaboration and learning among fellow soil scientists, researchers, and practitioners from around the world. Through their participation, they demonstrated the Department's dedication to addressing the challenges of soil degradation and promoting strategies for enhancing soil health for a sustainable future in agriculture.

Program Offered

B.Sc Soil Science

B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture in Soil Science is 4-year Degree Program, which is currently commenced from 18-09-2022 at City Campus, University of Layyah

Chairperson

Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture Science & Technology, The University of Layyah

Contact 0334-7930534

Email: tahiraabbas@ul.edu.pk

Faculty

Dr Kashif Ali Khan

Assistant Professor (Visiting)

Rana13tda@yahoo.com


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Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ali Raza

Assistant Professor (Visiting)

m.aliraza315@ul.edu.pk


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Dr Muhammad Ahmar Amin

Assistant Professor (Visiting)

m.ahmaramin@gmail.com


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Noor Huma

Lecturer (Visiting)

Huma42427@gmail.com


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