Farmers’ Festival

Farmers’ Festival

CPS has been regularly holding meetings with local farming communities across Tripura and Orissa villages. Large scale Farmer Festivals have been organized thrice in Orissa in the past few months – in Jaleshwar, Remuna and Ashoknala. We arrange for our students to meet the farmers up close where we teach them non – pesticidal farm management techniques, help them identify pollinators and pests, arrange for interactive sessions with the farmers and distribute various pest traps for their benefit. Farmer Festival is a co-operative knowledge sharing platform where we encourage oFarmers festrganic farming and slow but steady inclination towards non – pesticidal pest management agro-techniques. The administrative officers, the local farming heads and the villagers have been immensely obliging. Our mutual constant support has also led to an increase in participation by rural women. A hearty meal, hands on farmers training, distribution of traps for farmers and a little entertainment promoting the local culture add anew leaf to the Festival each time. We hope to arrange many more of these Farmer Festivals across the rural landscapes of Orissa and Tripura and hopefully revolutionize the rural agro-community. Darwin Initiative Grant, U.K. has been generously funding us and is constantl bearing the required infrastructure in our field stations and Centre for Pollination Studies, University of Calcutta.

Parthib Basu

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