Green message gets an academic push

Green message gets an academic push
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Taking a cue from civil society organisations and citizen groups out to spread the vital need for going green and popularising organic living styles, universities in neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Kerala have begun their own well-intentioned activities in this regard.

Taking a cue from civil society organisations and citizen groups out to spread the vital need for going green and popularising organic living styles, universities in neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Kerala have begun their own well-intentioned activities in this regard.

In a first of its kind, kitchen gardeners in Tiruchi and its neighbourhood will now be able to get quality seeds at affordable cost with a vending machine having been installed in front of an agricultural college near Navalpattu. Quality seeds will be available at affordable prices from the machine, put up at the entrance of Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural college and research Institute at Navalpattu.

According to a recent news report, the refrigerated machine, which can store 1,800 packets of seeds, can vend even minimum quantity for gardeners, the Institute Dean D Pandiarajan said. "It will update sale of seeds on a daily basis and alert officials in case of demand for a particular variety of seed," said Pandiarajan. "It even has a burglar alarm system," he added.

In God’s own country, the two-day Onam market organised by Kerala Agricultural University ( KAU) to make available safe to eat vegetables and value added products at reasonable rates was inaugurated by the local MLA K . Rajan at Thrissur on Friday. The products in the Onam market were sold out in two days and the market concluded on Saturday.

The first sale was conducted by Dr P. Rajendran, vice-chancellor In addition to major vegetables and banana bunches, coconut oil, turmeric powder, garcina, and vegetable seedlings were available in the market. The pre-festival trend of soaring prices has been stalled due to effective steps taken by Horticorp in collaboration with State department of Agriculture and Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Kerala.

With increasing urbanisation and more farmlands giving way to real estate ventures and industrial establishments, these welcome steps have not come a day late for the urban population, increasingly succumbing to toxic and environmentally unsustainable practices and methods in their day-to-day lives.

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