NABARD takes up campaign to sensitise villagers to climate change

A village pond and its inlet channel at Kangampatti in the district were rid of bushes and obstructions by a group of women as part of the Climate Change Literacy Campaign being conducted by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), in association with ROSE, a voluntary organisation.

Villagers from Mailapatti, Perumanadu and Melapazhuvanchi cleaned the sluice of the Perumanaadu tank, which irrigates nearly 1,000 acres.

According to S. Somasundaram, District Development Manager, NABARD, Pudukottai, who participated in both the programmes, NABARD was organising the campaign in five villages and three schools in the district to create awareness among farmers, school children and general public about the ill effects of climate change and how farmers can adapt to the emerging situation. The campaign mainly focuses on water conservation and management, he said speaking at the villages. He advised the villagers to create more farm ponds and recharge pits in their land to conserve rain water.

At Perumanadu, Mirunalini, Regional Joint Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Pudukkottai, called upon the villagers to discard plastics and use cloth bags while going for purchases.

She urged them to conserve water by creating farm ponds, recharge pits and grow trees.

A. Adappan of ROSE, the NGO, and others spoke.

A school level Climate Change Literacy Campaign was organised at Puthamboor Government Higher Secondary School. Drawing, essay writing and elocution competitions were organised on the topic, ‘Climate Change – its effects on agriculture – water management.’

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