Organic push to tilling

Patna: The thrill was evident on the faces of over a hundred students who took part in the organic rice harvesting festival at Tarumitra on Saturday.

For many, it was their first visit to a farm. Even teachers and other participants tried their hand at harvesting. Students from St Joseph’s Convent High School, Don Bosco Academy, May Flower School, St Michael’s High School, Litera Valley School, Veena Vidya Niketan, St Xavier’s High School and others took part.

Agriculture minister Prem Kumar inaugurated the festival. After aarti in reverence to Mother Earth, he started dhan katni in Tarumitra’s organic farm amidst harvest songs and slogans sung by students and Tarumitra officials.