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One crore seed balls to make the district green

  • One crore seed balls to make the district green

    Summary: School children always looked up to games periods to play around and de-stress themselves but the students of National Academy schools here take interest in making seed balls before hitting the grounds as they set to make one crore seed balls to make the arid district green. “We plan to cover one school every week and drop one crore seed balls by July next year,” they said. While the students of National Academy schools produced the seed balls, the Vithaigal Amaippu, supported by Athma Karthik, Jayam Murali and Leena Senthilkumar, coordinated with government schools to take the seed balls to the fields. The authorities were also building a seed bank and encouraged students to bring seeds of fruit-bearing trees. Two to four seeds were inserted in each ball and the programme would go a long way in making the arid district green, he said.

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    School children always looked up to games periods to play around and de-stress themselves but the students of National Academy schools here take interest in making seed balls before hitting the grounds as they set to make one crore seed balls to make the arid district green. After the three National Academy schools and ‘Vithaigal Amaippu’ (seed forum), a voluntary organisation, launched the seed ball programme in July, students became busy making balls of fruit-bearing and native trees to be distributed to students of other schools in the district to be ‘thrown around.’ The ambitious scheme, aimed at dropping the seed balls on the roadside, banks of waterbodies and vacant lands, was launched at Government Higher Secondary School and Primary School at R. Kavanoor near here on Friday with the active support of old students’ association. The school children dropped about 2,500 seed balls in and around the school premises, said A. Sankaralingam, educational consultant of National Academy schools and AR Subramanian of ‘Vithaigal Amaippu.’ Besides, each student was given three balls to be dropped near their houses and in their villages, they said. While the students of National Academy schools produced the seed balls, the Vithaigal Amaippu, supported by Athma Karthik, Jayam Murali and Leena Senthilkumar, coordinated with government schools to take the seed balls to the fields , As Reported By Hindu.

    According to the Newspaper,“We plan to cover one school every week and drop one crore seed balls by July next year,” they said. At least 700 students of the three National Academy schools go out for games period every day and they produced 2,500 seed balls a day, Mr. Sankaralingam said, adding they made the balls using a ready mix of red soil, clay soil and cow dung, made available by the school authorities. The authorities were also building a seed bank and encouraged students to bring seeds of fruit-bearing trees. This has resulted in students eating fruits instead of junk food, he said. Two to four seeds were inserted in each ball and the programme would go a long way in making the arid district green, he said.

    Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/one-crore-seed-balls-to-make-the-district-green/article19485023.ece


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