The Departments of Botany and Chemistry, St. Agnes College (Autonomous) organised a one day workshop on Hydroponics on 14 November 2019 for the B.Sc.students with Botany/Chemistry majorin the chemistry laboratory.

The main objective of the workshop was to encourage non-conventional methods of cultivation to adapt to the changing environmental conditions. This was enforced by the principal Sr. Dr. M. Jeswina A. C. who urged the students to grow plants in the college campus using the techniques learnt in the workshop.

The seminar was presided over by Mr.Guruprasad Kurtkoti, founder and chief of BELESIRI, who has trained more than 300 students in less than 18 months on scientific farming techniques. He spoke aboutmany advantages as well as the challenges that accompany the field of hydroponics. Hydroponics refers to soil-less cultivation and is a method of the future that is adopted by many countries in order to obtain healthier plants and a better yield.

The theoretical explanations were followed by practical demonstrations to help the students to better understand the processes involved in this technique and get a hands on experience. The students received a lot of tips to help them grow plants using this method in an easy and economical way.

The interactive session was attended by 45 students and ended with some steps on how to start with hydroponics on a small scale and then advance to production at a commercial scale.

Mrs. Helen Serraointroduced Mr. Guruprasad, Ms.Froidy Fernandes proposed the vote of thanks and Ms.Manasaof second year B.Sc compered the workshop.