TEDxPanaji, an independently organised TED event in Goa, organised an event ‘What’s on my plate!’ bringing ideas into action. Conceptualised under xplore, a series of experiences that will be held in between two TEDxPanaji conferences, the first event focused on food and farmers. The event brought the two groups together to explore various aspects involved in the process of growing food and bringing it on to the plate of the common people.
The event was held on Republic Day, January 26 and took place simultaneously at 10 farms in Taleigao, Mapusa, Candolim, Pernem, Camurlim and Dona Paula, Margao, Dharbandora, Borim, Valpoi and Assagao. At each location, expert curators received attendees and other farmers from the locality, and gave hands on experience on growing food in the right way.
Curators included Sachin Tendulkar (kulagar/ orchard farming), Vishal Rawley, Tallulah D’silva and Vishram Gaonker (peri-urban farming), Miguel Braganza (kitchen gardening), Felly Gomes (traditional) and Peter Fernandes (permaculture farming), Darryl D’souza (home farming), Chaitanya Malik (dairy farming), Cedric Gomes (fish farming and aquaponics), Atmaram Borker and Gauri Prabhudesai (integrated farming) and Siddharth Naik (hydroponics).
The concluding event held at Panaji witnessed participants, young and old, sharing their experiences and learning with each other. The curators spoke about their work and the need to create a connect between urban dwellers and farmers through events such as these.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest, GM, NABARD Goa, Kamakshi Pai emphasised on the key role of farmers in the society. The guest of honour member secretary, Goa State Biodiversity Board, Pradip Sarmokadam expressed the need to take learnings from nature to universities.
Speaking about the event, the organiser of TEDxPanaji, Dattaprasad Shetkar said: “TEDxPanaji team toiled hard to make the event a phenomenal success. We had nearly 250 people across 10 locations, who learnt from the experts on their farms. Based on requests we are taking this forward through long term mentoring of attendees by curators in growing their own healthy food.”