Foreigners get a feel of traditional agriculture at IPC in Sangareddy

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A foreigner is seen helping an Indian woman in grinding seeds during International Permaculture Convergence at Polam in Sangareddy district on Thursday. Photo: T Karnakar Reddy

Sangareddy: Hundreds of foreigners, who have been practicing Permaculture across the globe, had a feel of Indian traditional agriculture during the International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) being held at Polam (a farm spread in over 90 acres) near Singur in Sangareddy district.

Over 850 people from 63 countries are taking part in the IPC being held from November 27 to December 2. Foreign delegates are expected to go on farm tours from December 3 to 7.

Besides attending the meetings and designing an action plan to improve the practice of Permaculture, the foreign delegates were excited to see the traditional Indian agriculture tools.

A foreign woman was seen helping a local woman grind with the traditional grinder, while another boy was trying his hands on a blower to help an iron smith make agriculture implements. Seeds, herbal plants, weaving of traditional baskets, carving of agriculture tools, ploughing with bulls and other practices were a huge attraction to the foreigners.

Speaking to Telangana Today on Thursday, Narsanna Koppula, who is widely known in Telangana for practicing Permaculture, said there is a serious need to revive the traditional agricultural practices.

Stating that the current agriculture practices are not sustainable for long, Narsanna said that the native seeds, cattle and others were almost extinct with the existing agriculture practices. He further urged the governments to come forward to propagate Permaculture among the people.