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Mangalore: City Students Try Their Hand at Paddy Cultivation


Mangalore: City Students Try Their Hand at Paddy Cultivation 
By Shekar Ajekar
Daijiworld Media Network—Mangalore (RD/CN)
 
Mangalore, Jan 6: A hands-on experience farm experience was provided to students by Agari Farm located on the outskirts of the city at Kuppepadav, here recently.  It was organized by various social welfare and voluntary organizations. 
 
The students of Kasturba Medical College, Narayan College, and neighbouring primary and high schools planted saplings in the paddy field. Women wearing saris arrived at the paddy field and tied the ‘pallu’ on their hips and worked in the paddy field like traditional farm labourers.  It was a joyous occasion for the city-bred students.
 
An information camp on paddy cultivation and its significance in Tulunadu was held during the stage programme.

































A live demonstration of mechanized farming and also high breed varieties of saplings was also held in a nearby paddy field on the same occasion. 
 
Swami Vidhyaprasannateerta of Subramanya Mutt, in his message to the gathering, said that paddy cultivation thrived in ancient times across Tulunadu and it will remain so in the future too.
 
Laxminarayan Asranna of Kateel Temple said that preserving the posterity of paddy cultivation as practiced by ancestors will serve as a true tribute to bygone generations.
 
The former MP Vinay Kumar Sorake, MLC Srinivas Poojary Kota, B A Moideen Bawa, Harish Karkera, Dr H Muniyappa, Krishna Amin, Neelayya M Agari, M S Kotian, Shashidar Keshav Bangera, and Dhanakeerti Balipa were the chief guests present on the occasion.
 
The local unit of the Agriculturists’ Association was inaugurated during the programme. Gopal Karkera and group enthralled the gathering with their Tulu folk songs.  

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  • shekar Poojary, Neermarga,Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2011

    This is very good programme to know the agriculture activities.

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  • harry fernandes, Kadur.

    Sun, Jan 9 2011

    Very happy to see the students in the agricultural aspects. Agricultaral life is better than software engineering life. Indian peace is rested in aagriculture. In the near future software enginerring vanish and agricuture will perish. Because, in vijayanagar empire during Krishnadevara period, gold,diamonds,pearls were sold on streets and income derived from agriculture and not from software engineering. Indian culture is respecting the parents by the children because of coming from the agriculture family. But software culture children neglects parents and this is the award from th western culture My wish is all the students should experience this agriculture life.

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  • SATHISH A R, MANGALORE,UAE

    Fri, Jan 7 2011

    The invitees should have participated in the initiative to show how good they can lead!! Those big pot bellies must know how good exercise it will be if they do some hard work instead of preaching people.I appreciate the initiative shown,same time do not make it for the publicity bringing these unwanted people to witness,if implemented at grass root level with people endorsing such works as a study as well as an encouragement ,it helps the people who are suffering the lack of manpower for the cultivation with some relief too.It may be good if everyschool takes time to involve their students in such an activity twice a year during the sapling & during the final cut off's it may create a unique headway for the agriculture.

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  • Agary, Kuppepadavu

    Thu, Jan 6 2011

    Thanks alot for all who responded. I know the various diffculties in paddy cultivation. but somewhere somebody has to take initiative,and to start. But now iam overwhelmed by seeing your responses. Definitely we will talk to the head of the various institutions and request them to depute their NSS students for a day or two to cultivate .Once again thanks for your responses.

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  • adk, karkala

    Thu, Jan 6 2011

    this is one day drama becouse of politics,if you do like this and wait for three months,and when is paddy redy if i see same people on seen i am verry happy

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  • Nazmathnisa Laiz, Surathkal/Abudhabi

    Thu, Jan 6 2011

    Very good work. I rememberd my childhood.

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  • alphonso d'souza, Bendur / Dubai

    Thu, Jan 6 2011

    Each year when I pass by the Bajpe-Mangalore coastal road, my heart bled profusely to see that the beautiful green paddy fields were disappearing. This effort from the Students is one way to revive our culture to the fullest extent. God bless everyone who cares for the nature and the natural resources.

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  • seby, Goa

    Thu, Jan 6 2011

    wow let me give my blessing from my heart. Hope the student in Goa learn this work cause it is the ultimate survivale instade of wasting the lane to some builder and make fast money

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  • Clara Lewis, Kemmannu/Dubai

    Thu, Jan 6 2011

    Very good job, if every year students participate in Paddy cultivation it will be great help for farmers and great fun for students.

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  • Shivaji, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 5 2011

    Really a very good try. i wish the organisers a very good luck, also let many organisations, instutions, friends circles, teams etc come up with all such idea which i think would inspire the young generations to keep up the old traditions. well done.

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  • Rao, Udupi/Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 5 2011

    It is the fact that we are loosing paddy agriculture in DK/Udupi. The main reasons are
    1. Labour : difficult to find people for agriculture, even if we find it is becoming expensive compared to to the revenue
    2.Passion : People are loosing the passion for agriculture may be because of wrong conception of education.
    3. Monsoon : Of late depending on monsoon has made the agriculturists suffer.
    4. High cost of Fertiliser and tilling

    we need to analsyse and arrive at the best method to tacke these problems so that we dont loose paddy fields for which we have to repent later.
    Just these kind of camps may not help much

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  • Prashanth Poojary, Karkala/ Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Jan 5 2011

    great Job by Agari form.We Indians should keep it in our mind that nearby feature day will be in huge scarcity of food grains,so wake up this stage itself and try to give much initiative and suport to our farmers.Nice job by our loved neelaya agari with whoom we worked in several youth organisations in managalore.

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  • RR, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 5 2011

    This is only a show and paddy cultivaton in erstwhile DK dist is not a viable proposition today.This is because high cost maintenence of bullocks,scarcity and costly farm labourers,inputs like fertilisers,pesticides etc.Draining underground water source is another threat to farmers.Thus cost of produce no where matches with expediture of production.These are the reasons today we can not find padyy fields in DK dist like earlier years.'Kalaya thasmai namah'

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 5 2011

    India was d a Agriculture country but for the last 25 years it is going through a slow death wiping out many agriculture and greenery land in south kanara dist in the name of development and real estate. Greed for money, Greed for power, Greed for more wealth and so on has put D.K. from a greenery wealth to a concrete and motor vehicle jungle. Whatever I see in this photo is really inspiring and a well thought idea. I feel privately managed school and college should encourage this idea very much. Time to change and think honestly for a better and greenery future.

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  • Balraj ajila, USA

    Wed, Jan 5 2011

    Great Initiative. I would send my children to this. Our family have been agriculturist for over 500 years and I know jack about paddy cultivation and the highlight is that I still have paddy fields and it is being cultivated till date.
    We have lost a lot but we need to revive this art.

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  • Hitesh Salian, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 5 2011

    Awesome!!!. I would suggest all colleges take this up as a project work and educate the students the importance of Agriculture in this country. Subjects on Agro industries must be introduced.

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  • Anwar, Mangalore / Dubai

    Wed, Jan 5 2011

    Looks like students are really inspired by 'farm ville'..

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