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Biodiversity Centre at Karimbam

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First of its kind in the State, the centre will evolve into a university


  • Aims to encourage eco-friendly farming
  • Agriculture information wing to be started
  • Centre to have museum of medicinal plants



    TUNED TO FUTURE: The Biodiversity Centre at the District Agricultural Farm at Karimbam in Kannur.

    KANNUR: The Biodiversity Centre set up at the District Agricultural Farm at Karimbam here under the auspices of the District Panchayat will be formally opened on August 24. The Centre could not have been formally opened at a most appropriate time as the farm is now celebrating the centenary of its inception. Deputy Leader of the Opposition Kodiyeri Balakrishnan will inaugurate the Centre at 2 p.m.

    Announcing this at a press conference here on Monday, District Panchayat Development Standing Committee chairman M. Surendran and Principal Agriculture Officer V.K. Muneera said that the centre had been developed with the objective of achieving village-level food security, environmental safety and economic self-reliance by emphasising protection of biodiversity at a time when precious biodiversity resources were being lost.

    The Agriculture Department had started this novel initiative with the cooperation of the Community Agricultural Biodiversity Centre started by the noted agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan at Puthur Vayal, near Kalpetta, the Kerala Agricultural University, voluntary organisations and research institutions, they said.

    The Centre, first of its kind to be developed in the State, would gradually evolve into an informal university to promote studies and researches on biodiversity and agricultural practices. An agricultural information centre would also be set up at the Centre, they said.

    Working models of watershed, crop diversity and environment-friendly agricultural techniques would be arranged at the Centre for encouraging efficient management of the natural resources such as soil and water and solar energy, they said. A museum of medicinal plants and facilities for disseminating information on traditional and modern agricultural implements and rural technologies would also be established at the Centre.

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