TEDx Panaji takes you to tread Goan farmlands

Offering a day out at the farms so participants can acquaint themselves with agricultural process TEDxPanaji will facilitate interaction with 10 curators at farms spread across Goa

| JANUARY 19, 2019, 03:11 AM IST


Focussing on food, farmers and farming in its third edition, TEDxPanaji, an independently organised TED event in Goa, has come up with xPlore, a series of experiences that will be held in between two TEDxPanaji conferences. The xPlore events will deliver attendees hands-on-experience of various aspects of agriculture that they usually do not have the opportunity to know about.

The first ever xPlore event - ‘What’s on my plate?’ will be held on January 26 and it will focus on a critical theme - the food on our table. The trend off late has been to move from processed foods to organic foods, however, people at large have no idea of who makes this food and how. What’s on my plate’ is uniquely designed to bridge this information gap between urban dwellers and farmers, who produce food. The event will provide insights into various agricultural practices in Goa, by taking attendees to farms and giving them hands on experience of growing food through steps such as preparing the ground, sowing seeds, digging, planting, weeding, harvesting, milking cows, organic manure, composting etc.

The day-long event will happen simultaneously at 10 farms in Candolim, Taleigao, Mapusa, Assagao, Pernem, Dharbandora, Margao, Borim and Valpoi. At each location an expert curator will be the resource person. Attendees will include urban dwellers and other farmers from the locality, who will get an opportunity to learn from experts. Curators include Dr Sachin Tendulkar (kulagar/ orchard farming), Vishal Rawley and Vishram Gaonker (peri-urban farming), Miguel Braganza (kitchen gardening), Felly Gomes (traditional and permaculture farming), Darryl D’Souza (home farming), Chaitanya Malik (dairy farming), Cedric Gomes (fish farming), Atmaram Borker (integrated farming) and Siddharth Naik (Hydroponics). Attendees will choose an expert and thus a location and type of farming they want to attend.

The organiser of TEDxPanaji, Dattaprasad Shetkar states that TEDxPanaji team decided to bring ideas into action and xPlore as a concept was born. ‘What’s on my plate?’ is conceptualised and brought to life by the volunteers of TEDxPanaji. Shetkar hopes that this event will spark a real change in the community and allow people not only to get inspired by the talks of the speakers but to experiment and implement them in practical life.

The event will begin with an interactive session at each of the locations. Attendees will then take part in real agriculture, followed by lunch. Post lunch, the participants from all locations will be taken to Panaji for a concluding session, wherein they would exchange their learning with other attendees in the presence of the expert curators. The entire event will be documented through audio-visual recording and compiled into a documentary film. 

The event is supported by NABARD, Goa State Bio-diversity Board, Shri Vijay Hede of Shivranjani Securities Pvt Ltd and Directorate of Agriculture, Goa government and 92.7 Big FM as exclusive radio partner, Team Inertia as web partner, 91 Springboard as community partner, Business Goa as business magazine partner, Viva Goa as lifestyle magazine partner and www.planetgoa.in as digital partner. The entire event including transport to most locations and back, refreshments and lunch will be free to attendees. 

(The interested attendees can register online at https://goo.gl/forms/AhXWZubFOZlaNMLf1)

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