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A community radio for tribal people in Kerala

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  • Dr.Suresh Motwani
    Tuesday, October 7, 2008 A community radio for tribal people in
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 7, 2008
      Tuesday, October 7, 2008 A community radio for tribal people in

      Mananthavady (Kerala), Oct 7 (IANS) A community radio, which will cater to a
      large number of tribal people and small farmers in Mananthavady in the
      Wayanad district of Kerala, will start service from here in December.

      The radio is an initiative of Wayanad Social Service Society (WSSS), a
      non-government organisation (NGO) formed by the Catholic Diocese of
      Mananthavady. Wayanad is a hilly district in north Kerala with sizeable
      tribal population.

      According to John Choorappuzhayil, a priest and secretary of WSSS, the
      community radio is the first of its kind in Kerala. 'The radio will be of
      help to the society to take its activities to the people.'

      The WSSS works in the field of farming, education and micro-finance.

      'In the farming area, we are focused on spreading organic farming practices.
      We provide support in the field of education and agriculture for tribal
      people here,' said John.

      The community radio will be an FM service designed to cover an area within
      10 km radius from Mananthavady.

      The WSSS functions in about 50 tribal colonies spread across seven village
      panchayats. It has 2,600 farmers as members in organic farm clubs and many
      thrift societies, known as self-reliance groups, which function as people's

      'Our members are marginal farmers. They find it difficult to attend the
      society's training programmes as they have to skip farming activities. With
      the commissioning of the radio, they can listen to the programme from their
      home,' John added.

      The radio station is being set up at cost of around Rs.3 million.

      Dr.Suresh Motwani
      Consultant ( Agri & Rural Development)
      Cell: +91 9329450167, 9424490231
      Email: motwanisuresh07@...

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