ALAPPUZHA: The Mannancherry grama panchayat, which is all set to be declared a village with no fallow land on Saturday, is in a festive mood what with delegates from several other panchayats and students from the Kerala Agricultural University coming down to witness the declaration.
Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac, addressing a press conference here along with panchayat authorities, said the occasion was being turned into a week-long festival, from Saturday till April 9, with food festivals, seminars, competitions and a variety of cultural programmes.
Union Minister of Agriculture Sharad Pawar is slated to declare Mannancherry as a panchayat with no fallow land at 4 p.m. and also to conduct the State-level launch of the �Susthira Samruthi project apart from distributing various agricultural awards.
Earlier in the day, Dr. Isaac will inaugurate a harvest festival to harvest paddy from the fields that were made cultivable as part of the drive to do away with fallow land in the panchayat.