Fourth Balakrishi Sastra Congress begins in Thiruvananthapuram on January 24

Short videos made by students on their farming initiatives will be the highlight of the fourth Balakrishi Sastra Congress (Children’s Farm Science Congress) that will be held in the Museum compound here on January 24 and 25.

More than 500 school students are expected to take part in the congress, which encourages children to love farming and gives them exposure to the world of farming. Agri-Friends, a community of farming enthusiasts, is organising the event in association with the Department of Agriculture.

The main theme for this year’s congress is ‘Krishi — Nattarivum Sastravum.’ Teams of students will present various projects based on topics such as ‘Research in agriculture science,’ ‘farm models in schools and at home,’ and so on.

Last date

The last date for registration is January 10.

The Green Touch Krishi Media will present a cash prize of Rs.10,001 and trophy for the best seven-minute video on farming shot by students.

The best child farm scientist will be awarded a cash prize of Rs.11,111 and the best school will get a cash prize of Rs.7,777.

A team of judges comprising agriculture scientists, farm journalists and experts in this field will select eight teams with the best farm projects.

The teams will get the opportunity to present their projects to senior researchers at the College of Agriculture, Thrissur.

At an exhibition to be held as part of the congress, students will get the opportunity to showcase their projects and the agriculture produce from farming activities at school or at home.

Handwritten magazines, journals and study models on agriculture and farming will be displayed at the exhibition, according to the organisers.