28-30 December 2008
National workshops were held on three important themes. Organic
Farming, Heritage Foods and Traditional Foods and Farming on
House Terrace from 28 - 30 December 2008, as part of “ANNAM”-
National food and Agro biodiversity festival. The workshops were
coordinated by Dr. N. Kishore Kumar, Professor, Kerala
Workshop on Organic Farming was inaugurated by Dr. K.
Harikrishnan Nair, Dean, College of Agriculture, Vellayani. The
participants shared their views on organic agriculture and
indiscriminate application of fertilizers and pesticides.
The open forum was mediated by Dr. M. Subhramania Iyer,
Associate Director of Kerala Agricultural University. Dr. R.
Regunath, Retd. Professor, Dr. Krishna Kumar, CPCRI, Kayamkulam
Dr. M. Vijayan Prof. & Head Dept. of Animal Husbandry were the
resource persons. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. K. Usha
Kumari, Professor of Soil Science, Kerala Agricultural
Heritage foods/traditional foods workshop was inaugurated by Dr.
Mrs. Vasantha, Retd. Dean Kerala Agriculture university. The
experts from Sri Avinashilingam Home Science College, Coimbatore.
Dr. Thelakamani and Dr. Premila Priyadarshini led the sessions.
Demo on traditional foods was also organized by the
participants. Traditional Food Culture of Malabar, Travancore,
Nanjinadu, were elaborated.
The Workshop on Farming on House Terrace was coordinated by Dr.
V. B. Padmanabhan and Dr. O. Kumari Swadija, Professors of
Kerala Agricultural University. Terrace farming is an ideal way
for modern urban families and the theme was well received.
Dr. V. B. Padmanabhan, Dr. O. Kumari Swadija, Mr. K. Bhaskaran
Nair, Mr. T. K. Bhaskara Paniker and Prof. P. Reghunath handled
various sessions. Recorded radio and television programmes on
terrace farming were also shown. The enthusiasm of the
participants paved the way for initiating an association of
farmers interested in organic farming on house terrace in the