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Indian school children assess land use pattern

Thiruvananthapuram, India: Students from Carmel Girls Higher secondary school, Thiruvananthapuram, India, conducted a study in Kazhakuttom and Attipra region on the impact of developmental activities on the land use pattern. The project was prepared for the National Children’s Science Congress project.

Showing the pattern of land use in the study area in the years 1989, 2001 and 2011, they revealed that the area of paddy cultivation had decreased from 19.14 per cent in 1989 to zero in 2011. The remaining 2.30 per cent of the paddy field were fallow.

In addition, the study revealed that most of the land reclaimed for construction was suitable for agriculture. Moreover, soils of the abandoned paddy fields were found to be fertile. The reclamation of the paddy fields had resulted in flooding during rainy season.

Surveys were conducted in 75 houses to study the land use pattern and the environmental problems faced by the people there.

One finding led to the other and six field study stations along the Kulathur-Kazhakuttom region were chosen for their project. Physical, chemical, and fertility properties of soil samples, water table of wells and drinking water samples of these regions were tested, with the help of experts from Agricultural College, Vellayani.

Source: The Hindu