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A function (Njattuvela) was held on Sunday, the 7th of July 2019, at the “Koothambalam”, Silver Sand Island, to inaugurate the cultivation of paddy on 50 cents of dry land on ASADI campus which is located in the city centre. The Chief Guest of the function, Hon’ble MLA, Tripunithura, Sri. M. Swaraj inaugurated the programme. He mentioned that if all vacant plots of land within the city could be used for cultivation, it would help to maintain the ground water table.

 Students and Faculty of ASADI, under the direction and supervision of Asst. Agriculture Officer, Idekattuvayal, Sri. K.M Sunil, planted paddy amidst much fanfare. CEO of ASADI, Smt. Ammu Santhosh, Principal Ar. James Joseph and Vice Principal, Ar. Arjun Rajan, were among those present.

Our Chairman and Director Prof. Ar.B.R.Ajit had given a report about 6 or 7 years back to the Govt. of Kerala  as to why the present issue about paddy cultivation should be there at all. Kerala would probably be the only place in the entire world where such an issue exists. We all know that on account of high labour cost, one cannot commercially cultivate paddy. Hence, about 60 to 70 % of paddy cultivators have stopped production of paddy. Hence we have been forced to import rice from all over the country which is not only costly but also in most cases, grown using poisonous chemicals.    It is in this context, he had suggested to the Govt. as to why every family should not be encouraged to grow their own paddy to meet just their household requirement. Once the present scare of aftermath of cultivation of paddy disappears, then the above house hold paddy cultivation will become possible.  To enable that the Govt. should take away existing wet land policies and allow all properties to grow paddy within their properties, if free space is available for that, and later allow such areas to be converted to other uses including building construction, if required. In such a situation, why should we stop growing paddy even in the midst of cities. Now that the scientists have come out with seeds that can be grown directly on land and once the scare about paddy cultivation vanishes, every household in the city could grow their own paddy.  Similarly, instead of bringing in stringent rules for conversion of dry land, rules should be brought in allowing construction, provided, a part of such land should be utilized for paddy cultivation. If that is done, we will soon see that cities produce more rice than the villages. Why not? This initiative is a step towards that direction.   However, most astounding and heartening is the fact that our dear students took up this cause in full earnestness. We have no words to express our special compliments to our dear students for their total willingness and readiness to take this noble cause forward.

Heartiest congratulations to you, dear girls and boys, of ASADI!