Radio Macfat-90.4, has bagged the Haritha Mudra award of the Farm Information Bureau for its popular Krishi Jaalakom programme which was aimed at luring the youth back to the native culture of farming.The Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (Macfast), launched the CRS on the Kerala Formation Day on November 1 in 2009. “The Radio Macfast has proved its merit in transmitting the philosophy of love, brotherhood, and sharing to the social psyche of central Travancore over the past seven years. The growng popularity of this community radio service is a testimony to this,” says Thomas Mar Koorilos, Metropolitan Archbishop of Thiruvalla, who is the patron of the radio station. “Our mission is to exploit the potential of CRS in socio-economic development of the region by effectively utilising youth power with the help of modern technology,” said Fr. Pradeep Vazhatharamalayil, Macfast Principal and radio station chairman.
Late V.George Mathew, former station director, told The Hindu that the community-oriented programmes aired by Radio Macfast had been well received by listeners. The Krishi Jeevithom programme on farming was aimed at luring the youth back to the native culture of farming, he said. Mr. Mathew said the CRS was getting technical support from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Thelliyoor. The award would be presented at a function in Palakkad.