81 Agriculture Students and 2 Professors from Imayam Institute Of Agriculture And Technology spent 3 hours in Manniyakurichi Village in Mannachanalur Block to discuss the past and the present and to plan for the future development. Children, youth and elders made drawings in a common ground with different colors to mark the existing fields, water bodies, houses , buildings, roads and other structures. Many elders spoke about the green past when they had good rains with which they cultivate mostly food crops. Youth expressed disappointment that they do not have many employment opportunities with the village and so they have to think of migrating to ours for jobs. Children wanted more greening and water facilities to enjoy nature.
They also conducted surveys around the villages and many farmers complained about 3 things. Climate change, quality of seeds and lack of resource for producing manures. Students assured that they will help them with possible ways. They also conducted a comparitive study on budget planning in agriculture. What materilas can be bought within the village and which needs to be purchased from outside and its cost structure, how to balance fluxuations in cost. These were the things discussed among them.
Looking forward for more Youth collaborations in Agriculture.
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