The P.G. and Research Department of Zoology, Nehru Memorial College (Autonomous), Puthanamaptti has conducted a three - day training programme on "Rain Water Harvesting and Grey water use for agricultural purposes" for the Puthanampatti, Abinimamgalam, Omanthur and Kottathur villagers and farmers on 22nd to 24th August at Nehru Memorial College campus.
Experts from different areas came and delivered lectures to the farmers and villagers. The training programme sponsored by TNSCST (Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, TamilNadu. In the first and second day Dr. P. Kannan, Dr. S. Raja, Dr. M. Vasanthy and Dr. P. Krishnamoorthy delivered the information to the gatherings. They informed about how to harvest the rain water and how to use the water in a useful way. How to avoid the water evaporation from the agricultural fields. In olden days the construction of ponds and tanks were novel and this model could minimize the water evaporation, they added. In the third day, a field visit was made for the farmers, villagers and students. We took them to the rainwater harvesting places at college campus and grey water usage plots especially Leman Garden within and outer areas of college campus. The college releases large quantity of grey water daily. These grey water after purification allowed into the leman garden in the nearby grooves. As many as 75 villagers and farmers of four villages and 150 students and M.Phil and Ph.D research scholars in Zoology, Botany were taken part in the training programme on Tuesday (22/08/2017), Wednesday (23/08/2017) and Thursday (24/08/2017) without charging money. Dr. N. Ramesh, Assistant Professor of Zoology, Nehru Memorial College, Puthanampatti organized the training programme.
Dr. Ramesh informed, due to failure of monsoon and no water flowing in rivers, the people face lot of problem regarding their water needs. Hence, an awareness programme should be implemented throughout the state regarding rain water harvesting and re-use of waste water for agriculture purposes. This could minimize the water need in future. The supply by the corporation has come down everywhere, over exploitation of ground water by motor for agricultural purposes in all the villages make inadequate of water need. Prof. M. Ponnambalam, Chairman Govering body of the College, Er. Pon Balasubramanian, President of the college and Dr. A.R. Pon Periyasamy, Principal of the college attended the training programme and encouraged the villagers and farmers.