Summer camp kids learn basics of farming

Summer camp kids learn basics of farming

Chinnara Mela at Rangayana teaches children the art of sowing

For the coming few days, the repertory campus will appear an agricultural field where children will experiment with seeds and watch the crop grow.

To introduce the children to the basics of farming and to the roots of food production, the host Rangayana has begun a unique experiment to teach students the lessons on agriculture. Basavarajamma, a farmer woman from Chikkakadanahalli village off Hunsur Road, was invited to show the children the art of sowing.

She sprinkled horse gram on the ground, which was prepared for the sowing process, and told the kids how to cover the seeds to help them sprout. She explained that the seed will sprout in two days and the sprouted seed will grow into a crop.

Speaking on the occasion, Rangayana Director Lingadevarau Halemane said the initiative was part of a exercise to familiarise the children to the rural folk and farming system.

“The urban children have very little knowledge about the rural life and the important livelihood of people there. The programme will make them aware about the life in villages,” the Director remarked.

Krishna Prasad, Coordinator for the summer camp told Deccan Herald that the children would start sowing on their own from Monday with the help of the volunteers in the camp.

“They have already been introduced to building or creating nestlings on the terrace of the house. From Monday, the participants will experiment with the seeds and see the seeds germinate. The children are also told cultivate few crops in small plots in their houses. It will make them green conscious. Ultimately, we will tell the children to plant a sapling in free spaces,” he said.

He added that many small children are unaware of how the food products come into market.  

As a spell of rain showered over the Rangayana campus in the evening, the Chinnara Mela’s initiative will also be a befitting programme to the World Earth Day which calls for going Green.

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