They landed in the Pokkali field as a flock of birds landed on the ground. With shovels in their hands saying a short break to the algorithms of life. Their legs were not visible as they were sunk into the mud of the field. They worked hard for more than a couple of hours. And when they came down from the field, their feet were painted in mud as if they were wearing gum boots.
Computer science students at Rajagiri College ploughed the field with farm workers as part of the Pokkali Farming Workshop organized by Grassroute. Students arrived at the Sanjo Eco Farm, owned by George Joseph, Vattathara Mundadan, Nedungadu, Nayarambalam, early this morning to participate in the Workshop.
Dr Bindya Abhilash (Dean, Computer Science), Dr Ann Baby (Dean, Student Affairs), Rev. Fr. Angelo Baby, Prof. Sunu Mary Abraham, Prof. Shiju Thomas, Prof. Sabeen Govind, Shri. Ranjith K. Udayabhanu, Rajagiri Outreach Co-ordinator were also present in the workshop. 53 girls and 36 boys from MCA / MSc departments participated in the programme.
Pokkali is a heritage rice crop cultivated in the coastal areas of Kerala. It’s an ancient farming practice of rice farming alternated with fish farming. The unfortunate fact is that this farming method is being vanished for many reasons. This is the background Grassroute planned to provide an opportunity for a real-life experience to students right at the Pokkali fields at Vypeen. Youngsters should take a true interest in such traditional farming methods before it’s become too late.
Pokkali Farming Workshop – Flickr gallery
Pokkali Farming Workshop will continue in the coming months of the farming season.