Friday, 17 April 2015

114-year-old agri farm to get a museum

KANNUR: If everything goes according to the plan, the 114-year-old agricultural farm at Karimbam near Thaliparamba here will have a museum showcasing the history of the institution as well as our agrarian tradition.

"The farm has a vintage building built by the then British rulers in 1905, which is being used as a guest house where many dignitaries like Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi stayed," said district collector P Balakiran. The collector had visited the place recently along with district panchayat president K A Sarala.

"While the guest house, which is being renovated, is a monument worth visiting. There are many other related documents with the farm authorities as well as other departments which could be showcased here once a museum is set up. If we collect everything and set up a museum, which also showcases the agriculture implements, it could be worthy museum documenting our agrarian tradition," said the collector

The plan is to have the museum attached to the vintage guest house building and the action plan would be formulated soon, he said.

"The rest house had hosted many dignitaries in the past, including Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi when Nehru was the prime minister. The visitor's book with their signature is still preserved there," said farm superintendent P K Ismail.

"Now, we have renovated it spending Rs 25 lakh and it will soon be opened to the public soon."

The collector said steps would be taken to preserve the genetic collection of 60-odd mango varieties, and a project would be formulated to expand polyhouse farming in the district.

The farm has a new agri-biotechnology division, which aims to produce organic farming inputs and tissue culture planting materials. This is the first agri-biotechnology initiative planned and developed by a local self-government in the state, said Sarala. She added that the farm's activities would be expanded further to improve the agriculture scenario in the district.

Source:Times of India

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