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School children preparing seed balls to be rolled out at suitable spots during the monsoon season

STUDENTS of a private school in Tiruverumbur rolled out as many as 1.30 lakh seed balls on Saturday The seed balls, a mixture of seeds, micro nutrients and soil, were manufactured by students of RSK Higher Secondary School in the school campus under the supervision of parents, teachers, Trichy Corporation officials and members of Shine Trichy, an NGO. More than 3000 students took part in the campaign, "Mulaithal Maram, Illaiyel Dram" (if germinates tree, other-wise manure) and the seed balls would be rolled out at appropriate places during monsoon. The seed balls comprise seeds of native species including Pongamia (Pungai), Neem, Tamarind, Manila Tamarind (Kodukkapuli), and Indian Lilac (Vembu) trees beside 10 others. With instructions blared oit through loud speakers, the students rolled out a mixture of clay, red soil, compost, and seeds, each ball weighing at least 200 grams. Organisers said compost required for the seed balls was sponsored by the corporation through their micro-compost yards. Speaking to Express, D Manoj, event organiser from Shine Tiruchy said, "Around 1.3 lakhs seed balls have been rolled by the students and the seeds enclosed in the balls are capable of withstanding drought for days. Though not all the seed balls would survive, the idea behind the campaign was to create awareness among children to conserve and increase green cover in the city". District Collector K Rajamani, Superintendent of Police T Senthil Kumar, and city corporation officials were also present during the event.
Source: epaper. newindianexpress. com/c/20224154 

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