KOCHI: Around 800 delegates from 24 states will be part of the ‘Go Green’ campaign launched by DYFI as part of its 10th national conference to be held here from February 1 to 5. The preparations for the conference are in full swing and, according to DYFI leaders, right from food served to delegates to minimal use of flex hoardings, the meeting will uphold the green protocol.
The rice for preparing food for the delegates will be brought mainly from the two-acre Odiyappaadam paddy field near Nedumbassery. “The sowing took place in September last year and the harvesting is over. The yield is around 2,000 kg of rice belonging to the Uma variety,” said DYFI state joint secretary S Satheesh.
The paddy field was taken on lease and the effort of the members of DYFI Nedumbassery block committee was behind the successful paddy cultivation. “The DYFI workers took it as an opportunity to show their liking to farming. They were keen to be part of sowing, removal of weeds and harvesting. The local people, especially women, extended their support during the harvest,” said Jibin George, DYFI block secretary, Nedumbassery.
The vegetables for the delegates are also ready to be plucked. Long beans, okra, bitter gourd, snake gourd, green chilli, Indian ‘palak’ and spinach will be harvested in the coming days from the three-and-a-half acre farm at Kanjoor, near Kalady.
“All members of the DYFI Kalady block put in their efforts to make the vegetable farming a success. There were times when the motor pump became defunct. The members manually drew water from the nearby river to water the plants,” said K V Vipin, block secretary, Kalady.
The Vypeen block will bring the pearl spot and prawns cultivated in fields near Edavanakkad. “The fish is being grown on a 14-acre field,” said A P Prinil, Vypeen block secretary. “A meeting will be held on Thursday to finalise the green protocol agenda,” said Satheesh.