As a part of the Cauvery Calling movement, as many as 88 farmers planted 1.94 lakh saplings across 736 acres of agricultural land across the state to commemorate the renowned agronomist Nammalwar on December 30.
Nammalwar dedicated his life to promote organic farming, tree cultivation, and soil conservation. His efforts inspired numerous young people to embrace organic farming.
He also played an important role in environmental initiatives alongside Isha yoga centre and his legacy continues to live on through the Isha save soil movement and the Cauvery Calling Movement.
On Nammalwar’s memorial day, farmers have come together to plant timber saplings on farmlands across the state as it is believed to bring a solution to various environmental problems.
It also offers an opportunity for the livelihood of farmers and cultivating trees along with other crops provides additional income for farmers.
Timber trees such as teak, neem, blackberry, banyan, yellow sandalwood, sandalwood, red sandalwood, kumil, and mahakani are suitable for cultivation.
Farmers can also earn regular income by growing pepper on trees. Timber saplings are grown at Isha nursery farms in Cuddalore and Tiruvannamalai, and are distributed to farmers.
For guidance on tree-based agriculture, farmers are requested to reach out to their helpline at 80009 80009.