'Encyclopaedia on indigenous agri science'

The book will be published in six languages

Karnataka Janapada University Vice-Chancellor Prof Ambalike Hiriyanna has said that efforts are on to prepare an encyclopaedia on indigenous agriculture science, in six South Indian languages.

Speaking at a programme on indigenous science of farming organised, at Pavanje near Mangalore on Sunday, he said that the encyclopaedia will have 1,000 pages. Already 50 articles on indigenous farming system  are ready.

Language expert Prof R V S Sundaram said that the size of the vegetables are huge in America. However, it does not have taste. If the vegetables are grown using indigenous farming technology, the yield can be increased.

“Youth are not showing interest in agriculture. Hence, we are losing the techniques of farming,” he said.

Janapada University Registrar Prof S C Ramesh said that the encyclopaedia will have images of indigenous farming technology as well. The University is also planning to record the traditional farming activities and preserve it in digital format.

While delivering a talk on traditional system of farming in Tulu Nadu, folklore expert Dr Vaman Nandavar said that lack of farm labourers have affected the agriculture sector in the district.

MLA Abhayachandra Jain said that the farmers were leading a  deplorable life under tenancy system. “Only the owner of the land was leading dignified life. However, it was with the effort of former Chief Minister Devaraj Urs, tillers became the owners of the land,” he said.Kannada Sahitya Parishat former president Harikrishna Punaroor said that the area under paddy cultivation should be increased.

Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy President Umanath V Kotian, entrepreneur G Bangera and St Aloysius College Vice Principal Prof John D’Silva were present.
The programme was held on a boat, in Nandini river, at Pavanje.

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