From our staff Correspondent
Shillong, March 13: A seed fair was organized on Tuesday by Laitsohpliah RC/LP UP school of Laitsohpliah village of East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya, which was supported by North East Slow Food and Agro biodiversity Society (NESFAS).
This fair is a follow up programme of the recently held workshop a Sohrarim village on ‘Collective Action to Revive Indigenous Food Systems through school Garden Programme.’
The theme of this event was “Ki Symbai Tynrai, Ka Lawei ba Phyri”. In the fair, school students, teachers and community representatives from the three villages gathered to exchange seeds so that the school children could further plant them in their respective school gardens during the planting season. The fair also aimed at an intergeneratiol knowledge exchange between the farmers and young students.
“As teachers, we are responsible in guiding the students to imbibe both traditiol and modern knowledge” said headmaster of Dewlieh UP school Bah Shaiphar Dohling.
He also said that the school garden activity in his school has helped the students in many ways. The students, as part of their SUPW class, are now actively involved in documenting the local crops of Dewlieh village.
“Our traditiol food crops are chemical free, and most importantly nutritious and tasty” said Bah Richard Ranee, Headmaster, Nongtraw LP School.
The event served as a motivation for young children to learn as well as contribute towards a sustaible future. “I’ve learned that it is important to preserve our traditiol food systems for their nutritiol properties” said Ibanjalis Rani, a young student Nongtraw LP School.