Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Sunday that the State was preparing the ground for a change in the agriculture sector.

Mr. Chandy was inaugurating the valedictory function of a national seminar on “Safe food and save life” organised on the sidelines of the Jaivasree Festival 2011, organised by the Janasree Mission, the Agriculture Department, Kerala Agricultural University, the Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, and the State Horticulture Mission, at the Sooryakanthi exhibition grounds here.

Positive impact

“The success of this festival has shown that we now have a situation to bring in a change in our State. The success and positive approach of this festival has given the confidence to bring about this change,” the Chief Minister, who visited the stalls at the festival, said. Janasree Mission Chairman M.M. Hassan said that with the support of the State government, the mission was striving to achieve sustainable development through organic farming.

Transport Minister V.S. Sivakumar; Rural Development Minister K.C. Joseph; Karshaka Congress president Lal Kalpakavadi; State Horticulture Mission Director K. Prathapan; and Janasree Mission secretary B.S. Balachandran were present. Senior scientists and agriculturists participated in the two-day seminar that discussed topics related to food safety and organic farming.

The Jaivasree exhibition has nearly 120 stalls put up by various Janasree units in the district, farmers' organisations, and agriculture promotion agencies. The exhibition will conclude on Tuesday.