A good harvest at the Integrated Farming System Research Station (IFSRS) at Karamana here spells good news not only for the scientists and farm hands, but also for a handful of temples in south Kerala which depend on the paddy spikes from the station to meet their requirement for the annual Niraputhari ritual.
Like in previous years, the harvest turned into a celebration at the 16-acre paddy farm of the station on Wednesday with Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar inaugurating the event. MLAs O. Rajagopal, K.V. Vijayadas, and M. Vincent were present.
The Minister handed over the first bunch of paddy spikes to Sisupalan Nair, Secretary, Attukal Temple Trust to inaugurate the harvest. He also inaugurated the Harithabhavanam scheme to impart training in homestead cultivation of vegetables. A women’s task force comprising members trained in agricultural activities and a Crop Bazaar were launched on the occasion.
Ward councillor S. Pushpalatha; Vice Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University R. Chandrababu; and Station Head Jacob John were among those present.
Functioning under the KAU, the station regularly supplies paddy spikes to various temples.
Source: Read Full Article