Kochi: Giving an progressive contact to farm tourism, Ernakulam district panchayat has launched an academic tourism undertaking on the state seed manufacturing centre at Okkal.
Officials stated that that is geared toward introducing agriculture and the assorted features of nature conservation to college students as an pleasant studying expertise.
Although the programme is long-established retaining in view the scholars and their studying pursuits, households and teams may also go to the centre and be taught totally different features of farming.
The seed centre is positioned on 32 acres at Okkal panchayat in Koovappady block within the district. Integrated farming can be practised right here with paddy being the principle crop whereas fish, greens, geese, goats, and so forth., are a part of this built-in mannequin. Plant nurseries, a composting unit and a gross sales centre are all a part of the farm.
Officials stated that for the scholars of agriculture, the assorted farming methods can be of curiosity and so they may also achieve sensible data from this.
There can be a proposal to begin certificates programs for college kids in order that they will make productive use of this hands-on coaching.
Meanwhile, 50,000 pepper seedlings are being prepared on the market on the Okkal centre for farmers planning to develop the crop. The planting season for pepper begins from June 21 and it’s stated to be the suitable time to plant pepper. The seedlings have been ready from excessive yielding pepper vines introduced from licensed orchards. The seedlings are primarily of excessive yielding varieties like Panniyoor and Karimunda. Apart from pepper seedlings, vegetable seedlings, seeds, together with paddy and coconut seedlings, are additionally obtainable right here.