Kasaragod District

Towards sustainable food production
The entire food chain is increasingly becoming the primary source of pesticide and antibiotic contamination putting the health and safety of people at risk. Posted on 01 Apr, 2019 11:14 AM

The national conclave on food held on March 15, 2019 at New Delhi saw experts urge policy changes to promote sustainable food production especially organic farming as well as regulations to reduce misuse of antibiotics and pesticides.

Apart from pesticides, toxic colours and hormones like oxytocin are also being used indiscriminately to ripen vegetables and fruits. (Image: India Water Portal)
Poisoned by water
Endosulfan, a harmful pesticide, is banned in Kerala but other such chemicals continue to be used. Groundwater contamination leading to unsafe water supply is but one of its consequences. Posted on 18 Jun, 2015 10:31 AM

Endosulfan, a pesticide, has been banned in Kerala after its adverse effects were first realised in 1981.

Farmer spraying pesticide (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
The forgotten Madakas of southern India
A book on traditional water harvesting system of coastal Karnataka by Harish Halemane. Posted on 20 Feb, 2014 11:56 PM

Madakas are manmade structures for storing rainwater that was abundantly prevalent in Kasargod District of Kerala. Pallas on the contrary, were similar structures but not man made. Pallas and Madakas met the water requirements of the settlements around these structures. 

Madakas and Pallas of Southern India
Two teachers from S.N. High School, Perla, Kasargod successfully create a forest on sixteen acres of land
This article by Aarti Kelkar - Khambete tells the story of two teachers from Kasargod district who have successfully converted sixteen acres of barren land into a forest Posted on 07 Dec, 2012 07:56 PM

This successful effort made by teachers from Kasargod district to convert sixteen acres of barren land on a hill behind the school into a lush, green forest with thick patches of vegetation demonstrates how persistence and a deep commitment to bring about positive improvements in the environment through community effort can

Kerala and Karnataka's lesser known rainwater harvesting structures
Madakas are being replaced more and more by borewells. Efforts need to be made to restore these structures, create awareness, and preserve local knowledge. Posted on 16 Oct, 2012 03:09 PM

Madakas are one of the fast disappearing traditional rainwater harvesting structures found in the laterite belts of Karnataka and Kerala. They are naturally occuring depressions with high terrain on the three sides where water from the surrounding laterite slopes, mainly runoff from the rains, is accumulated.

Madakas: Water harvesting structures in Kerala and Karnataka
Surangas, the disappearing lifeline of the farmers of Kasargod, Kerala
In this article, Aarti Kelkar-Khambete narrates her experience of her visit to Kasargod, Kerala to meet Sree Padreji and to see the fast disappearing Surangas Posted on 10 Oct, 2012 09:22 AM

Surangas continue to be one of the relatively less known and gradually disappearing traditional water harvesting systems of Kasargod district, Kerala and are being gradually replaced by borewells to meet the water needs of the community. 

Case Studies on Groundwater Management from Indiatogether.org
Groundwater management case studies that include the water tunnel of Sheni, surangas and river mining in Kerala Posted on 18 Jan, 2010 01:30 PM

Case Studies on Groundwater Management from Indiatogether.org

Waternama - a collection of traditional practices of water conservation and harvesting in Karnataka
The book produced by Communication for Development and Learning details traditional practices for water conservation and management in Karnataka Posted on 08 May, 2009 05:16 PM

Waternama is a collection of traditional practices for water conservation and management in Karnataka. The book is produced by Communication for Development and Learning and edited by Sandhya Iyengar.
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District panchayat office in Kasaragod, Kerala, uses rainwater harvesting to tap the overhead source: a case study
The dug well has been recharged considerably in just one year through rainwater harvesting which has not only overcome piped supply shortages but has also helped in tapping the overhead source Posted on 16 Apr, 2009 01:07 PM

"Plenty on the roof", is a case study written by Shree Padre in August 2005, of how a district panchayat office in Kerala, used rainwater harvesting not just to overcome shortages in piped supply, but to tap the overhead source, so that no other source was needed.