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Kerala School Agri Fest on January 19 & 20 in Palakkad

The 2019 edition of the prestigious Kerala School Agri
Fest (K-SAF), organised by the Center for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) in
collaboration with General Education Department, Govt of Kerala and other Government
and Non-Government Organisations, will get rolling on January 19 and 20, 2019, at the
Mariyumma Memorial Public School, Pattambi, Palakkad.

The Kerala School Agri Fest (K-SAF) looks to lure children towards agriculture and to make
them consider farming as a dignified profession. The organizers, led by CISSA, have been
able to evolve a radical change in mindset among schools, families and children on the
diverse benefits of agriculture.

Till last year, the festival was organised under the name Children’s Agri Science Congress,
and had specifically aimed at inculcating the right understanding about the scientific and
social values inherent in agriculture, among the younger generation.

This time around, the event is being redesigned as Kerala School Agri Fest (K-SAF).
Kerala School Agri Fest (K-SAF) has ushered in more impressive additions and will have an
added number of participants from across Kerala.

Almost all schools will be taking part in the festival.
The focal theme of K-SAF 2019 is ‘Traditional Knowledge in Agriculture and Climate
Resilience’. Sub-themes would include Agro biodiversity, IT in agriculture, Cow-based
agriculture, Home medicinal garden, Underutilized fruits and vegetables, Innovations in
organic farming, My Farm, and My School farm. Scientific papers can be presented either as
oral or poster presentation on any of the above topics.
Competitions have been included in four categories such as UP, HS, HSS and VHSE for
project presentation, while cultural competitions will have three categories namely Sub
Junior (UP), Junior (HS) and Senior (HSS and VHSE). Students will also be provided with the
opportunity of participating in cultural competitions and exhibitions related to agriculture. A
special session on student farmer interaction will also be organised.
K-SAF will have Theme based Presentations, wherein child farmers would present their
experiences, innovations and convictions in a manner well defended by science.

Oral presentations shall be of 7 minutes duration. The presentations shall be in the form of
posters too. There would be four categories for the presentations namely UP, HS, HSS, and
Besides this, a project titled My Farm would also be part of the fest. Students who have
achieved exemplary accomplishments with regard to agriculture shall be awarded.
The My Farm project that has been included in the fest will pick children’s ventures in
agriculture. Child farmers would be invited to present their innovative farming models they
have accomplished at their homes.
Further, a thematic exhibition by children would display their brilliance in agriculture in the
form of appealing exhibits. Working models, photographs and posters would be set up at
the exhibition.
Competitions on agricultural art forms of children would also be part of the fest. Folk songs
(Solo and Group), Folk dance, One act play and Short Video films (5 mts), Painting and Quiz
Competions would be conducted under three categories – Sub Junior (UP), Junior (HS) and
Senior (HSS and VHSE). Single candidates can join for different competitions.
There is no registration fee for participating in K-SAF 2019. Travelling expenses, including
boarding and loading of the selected students and accompanying teachers will be met by
the organizers.
Schools / Students need to fill up the K-SAF registration form, attested by the head of the
school, along with a 300-word abstract of the presentation in Malayalam or English and mail
them to on or before 25 Dec 2018. For more details, contact:
0471-2722151, 9447014973, 9895375211
A press conference organised in Palakkad today to announce K-SAF was addressed by Dr C K
Peethamabaran, K-SAF Chairman; Dr C Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, CISSA; Sri Manohar
Varghese, CEO, ERAM Educational Trust; Sri S Guruvayoorappan, District Coordinator,
National Green Corps; Prof P Raghunath, Retd Professor, KAU; and Sri Anil Kumar T, PRO
Eram Educational Trust.


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