A 10-day field training programme, offered free for 34 students of class 11 from government schools, concluded at Isha’s Natural Farm in Semmedu, Coimbatore, on Monday. Participants had a hands-on experience of farming, from sowing to harvesting, at the programme.
The training was held in two phases from November 7 to 27 for students of Alandurai Government Higher Secondary School and Thondamuthur Government Boys Higher Secondary School.
They were trained in the preparation of agricultural land and natural fertilizers, weeding, pest management and cultivation of different crops like paddy, lettuce and vegetables.
Hariharan, a student from Alandurai Government Higher Secondary School said, “I have seen one or two crops being cultivated near my house.
It was only after coming to Isha Model Farm that I learned about multi-crop farming for the first time.
In this method, five to six crops can be raised in one place. I learned that this would reduce pest infestation, weeds and the need for frequent tillage.
Also, I learned that natural farming can produce good yields as in chemical farming.
It was very useful for me." Ms. Ananda Kalaiselvi, an Agricultural Science teacher who participated in the programme along with her students, said, “This training was very useful for our students.
When students learn by experimentation and hands-on, the knowledge gained from books is retained for a longer period.
Thanks to Isha’s Save Soil Movement for giving us this training free of cost.”
On the concluding day, Save Soil Movement Coordinator Swami Srimukha presented certificates and saplings to the
Schools and colleges who want to participate in the training can contact 9789498792.