By Alpha Bedoh Kamara
As governments and international agencies look at ways to combat the effects of climate change and desertification, Vital Minerale (VIM), a branch of scientific & research company Technopark, has come up with artificial soil to promote agricultural growth, better crop yield, and economic growth.
“West Africa and the Sahel have for some time now been faced with multifaceted challenges. From Dakar to Djibouti, climate change is one of the most important of these challenges as it directly affects, through its impact on societies and their livelihoods, security, development and stability,” says Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas at the Security Council Briefing on the Impact of Climate Change and Desertification on Peace and Security in the Sahel on 26 May 2016.
The discovery by VIM is lauded as very vital in reversing the clock and in salvaging already affected lands.
The artificial soil contains moisture content less than 25%, it’s sterile, contains humic acid and trace elements available to the plant (ion) form, battery moisture from humid air, neutralizes the salt in the air, accumulates nitrogen from the air, and protects and stimulates the growth of soil bacteria and microorganisms.
“The artificial soil (natural mineral “atomic” stimulator for growing plants, trees, grass, vegetables, etc.), consists of neutral peat (70%) and ion exchange minerals (30%), with a minimum moisture content less than 25%, 18 kg bags,” said Vladimir Shiryaev, a member of the team.
Shiryaev said the company is working in line with Great Green Wall objectives to help address the effect of climate change and desertification. The Great Green Wall is an African-led project with an epic ambition: to grow an 8,000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa. Its goal is to provide food, jobs and a future for the millions of people who live in a region on the frontline of climate change.
Once completed, the Great Green Wall will be the largest living structure on Earth and a new Wonder of the World.
“Desertification is a global issue, with serious implications worldwide for biodiversity, eco-safety, poverty eradication, socio-economic stability and sustainable development. Drylands are already fragile. As they become degraded, the impact on people, livestock and environment can be devastating. Some 50 million people may be displaced within the next 10 years as a result of desertification” United Nations.