Millets and Early Fruiting Trees Ideal To Mitigate Climate Change Impacts
Millets and early fruiting trees could support nutritional security and income security of small farm families and is the best preventive method to prevent changes in climate said Dr Anil Zakariya (Former Director, ATMA), in a seminar organized at Sugandhagiri. The seminar was conducted as part of observing the World Meteorological day and was part of the awareness programmes supported by Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) Japan.
Climate change is affecting the lives and livelihoods of marginal communities, especially the mountain-dwelling tribal community. Increase in the man and wild animal conflict, landslides, drought and recent floods are the aftereffects of climate change said Dr. Anil. Mulching and water retention methods in farming should be the need of the hour to prevent the raising temperature and impending drought situation in Wayanad he added.
In the seminar, planting materials of six different millets were distributed to the interested farmers. Seeds of pearl millet, Finger millet, Porso millet, Fox tail millet, Banyard millet and little millets were given to farmers and its cultivation aspects were also taught. In addition to the millets, seeds (spawns) of mushrooms were also given to farmers who have already got training in the cultivation aspects of mushrooms.
In the programme Shri. K.V. Dhivakaran, President, Farmer Producer Organization, Kalpetta presided over and inaugurated Shri. Joseph John, Scientist MSSRF and Dr Vipin Das, Development Associate, MSSRF, Shri. Sujith, Development Assistant, MSSRF Shri. Habeeb Development Assistant, MSSRF attended the function