MADURAI: Hydroponics, a soil less farming venture that is aimed at creating awareness for sustainable future in urban and rural areas, was spearheaded in Madurai by observing Green Action Week (GAW) campaign here from October 4th to October 10th 2021. This sustainable consumption initiative is a global campaign undertaken by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and in India it is done in coordination with CUTS International which is a consumer advocacy group headquartered in Jaipur.
In Madurai, GAW was a week-long campaign with emphasis on Hydroponics and as a part of that a State-level stakeholders symposium was organized on 7th October 2021 by Women Consumer Protection Association (WCPA) under the mentorship of its founder and managing director Dr.C.Packialakshmi. Madurai District Collector Dr.Aneesh Sekhar, Director of CUTS International Mr.George Cheriyan, Judge Mrs.V.Deepa and DSO-Consumer Protection Officer Mr.K.S.Murugesan were among those who were present in this GAW symposium on hydroponics where the venture results were showcased, growing plants without soil. Dr.Sundari gave a talk on nature greens and distributed seeds.
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Green Action Week is observed every year in the first week of October as a global people’s campaign to promote sustainable consumption through sharing and collaboration- the theme being ‘Sharing Community’. A press release from WCPA had informed that the week-long special drive had emphasized on hydroponics, a soil less venture to train coordinators from rural and urban areas of Madurai district. Ten coordinators took part in the symposium along with many others interested in this topic. Hydroponic kits were given, rallies were organized for youth and students with a message about sustainable future.
Madurai District Collector Dr.Aneesh Sekhar spoke on the importance of sustainable and healthy planet while CUTS international Director Mr.George Cheriyan gave inputs on how to make planet greener and safer for posterity. The press release said that WCPA founder Dr.C.Packialakshmi spoke on the importance of Green Action Week followed each year in order to involve local people and all stakeholders in farming towards gaining knowledge and models of implementing hydroponics.
Mrs.Nalini Muralidharan, project director, has said that certificate of appreciation was given to 10 coordinators and the women participation was good in the symposium held here on 7th October 2021. In this global campaign, nearly 60 organizations from 40 countries are involved thanks to the massive efforts of Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and CUTS International- Jaipur. A network of organizations are working in India on sustainable consumption and strengthen collective advocacy to change consumption patterns for which Mr.George Cheriyan and his teams are working in 12 States across India through 12 organizations. The States include Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.