Mangaluru: On 9 August 2023, the students of class 10 of St Agnes High School were taken on a field trip as a part of the service learning project. The students visited the agricultural field of Walter Saldanha at Merlapadav. It provided exposure to the natural setting of the village.
Walter Saldanha an experienced as well as progressive farmer, demonstrated the rain and kitchen grey water harvesting. and the rice mill for stoneless rice. The old farm equipment, handheld implements and traditional wooden kitchen accessories were a delight to watch. The students raised questions like fertilizers used, the benefits of farming and even the problems faced by the farmers. Walter Saldanha cleared all their doubts patiently. He even explained planting techniques, crop rotation and the importance of soil fertility for successful farming.
The students observed different vegetables grown on the farm. They enthusiastically transplanted paddy in the field which was an unforgettable experience. The field trip provided the students with valuable practical knowledge and a deep understanding of paddy cultivation.
The visit brought home the message of love and hospitality experienced in the rural household. Teachers Dimple Quadros, Preethi Vas, Tr. Suneetha M. took the initiative to arrange the field trip.