Shree Padre: A pioneer in water harvesting

Shree Padre calls himself a 'farmer by profession and a journalist by obsession'. For a decade, he has been studiously collecting and documenting information about rainwater harvesting.

Padre, 52, a resident of Vaninagar in northern Kerala, is founder-editor of 'Adike Patrike', a 19-year-old magazine 'by, of and for' farmers in the Kannada language.

He has done studies on unique traditional water harvesting systems like surangas (man-made caves for collecting water) of Kasaragod in northern Kerala and madakas (traditional percolation ponds) of coastal Karnataka as well as Kasaragod.

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