Kuttanad to be promoted by Kerala Tourism

Published on: 08 Aug, 2013
Published under: Alappuzha District News

7 August 2013
Chennai

Kerala, the recipient of FAO’s recognition for its ‘Below Sea Level Farming System’ at Kuttanad is planning to set up a heritage museum and a research centre for the much praised agricultural system.”We are planning to establish a heritage museum for Kuttanad agriculture and a Centre for Genetic Resources for Sea Water and Below Sea Level Farming at Mankompu,” Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said.

He was addressing the 25th anniversary of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation here, where he was handed over the FAO’s plaque of recognition for the unique farming system, which has now been certified as globally important agricultural heritage system.

Kerala has also sanctioned funds for establishing an International Research and Training Institute for Below Sea Level Farming, he said.

“This Institute, which is attracting the attention of many countries, particularly small island states like Maldives, will have a major sustainable Agriculture Research Centre at Mankompu and a Sustainable Fisheries Centre at Kumarakom,” Chandy said. Terming the Kuttanad agriculture as “unique,” he said that paddy fields neat the Vembanadu lake were established by farmers about 150 years ago, often 2.5 to three metre below the sea level.

Src: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/kerala-to-promote-kuttanad-below-sea-level-farming-system-113080701318_1.html

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