Agriculture offers the same joyful benefits as yoga to the body and mind, Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar said on Tuesday.

He was inaugurating the anniversary celebrations of ATMA Agricultural Practical Field Training School and the Agricultural Organic Farm Produce Centre at Ulloor. The school functions in the farm of R Raveendran, who hogged headlines with his giant yams and organic farming methods. The Minister said all urban dwellers should show an interest in agriculture.

“Farming is greater than any service. Farmers engage in their profession to make a livelihood for themselves and provide food for others. Everyone should show an interest in it,” he said. The minister also distributed awards to farmers. Additional director, Agriculture, A M Sunil Kumar; former Mayor K Chandrika and former scientist at the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute Dr C S Raveendran spoke on the occasion.