On exposure visits, the trainees were able to link theoretical learning with practical experience. They were also taken for field visits to gain first-hand experience. Almost 90 per cent of the sessions were field-based. The training programme was run in the Sirkazhi, Vedaranyam and Maliyaduthurai regions of Tamil Nadu.

“It is not wrong to go to cities, but whoever is in agriculture should be retained in agriculture,” says D. Ganesh, District Development Manager, Nagapattinam, NABARD. And Subhashini Sridhar adds: “The youth should be role models for others to come and join.” The concept seems to be working, for, encouraged by the positive experience gained by the first 60 participants, further youths who are interested in the scheme have already registered with the CIKS. Now the pilot project is to enter its next phase.

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Where Parthibaraj chose to cultivate vegetables in organic way, S.