More Organic Farming Areas in Kerala Soon

Published on: 22 Sep, 2014
Published under: Kerala Agriculture News

With the fall of International Organc Day the state government is gearing up to bring more areas in Kerala under organic farming. This time, it has decided to expand organic farming to 2,000 hectares in three districts.

As per the Kerala State Organic farming policy, the government, under the aegis of the National Horticulture Mission (NHM), plans to popularize organic farming in the entire state in a phased manner.

The State Horticulture Mission (SHM) has invited expression of interest from various organizations in the organic farming sector to carry out cultivation on 2,000 hectares in Wayanad, Idukki and Kasaragod districts for the financial year 2014-15. Currently, organic farming is done across 2,600 hectares in these three districts.

R Ajay Chandra, project officer of Organic farming at SHM said: “We have roped in organic farming clusters under the initiative. The government-certified agency will give organic certification to the clusters after soil sample testing and leaf analysis for three years. We make the soil chemical-free by giving biofertilizer and cow dung to each cluster.” Banana, pineapple, mango, guava, litchi, pear, strawberry, passion fruit, cut flowers, loose flowers, pepper, cinnamon, clove, ginger, turmeric, cocoa, cashew, aromatic and medicinal plantsa are some of the NHM-mandated crops for organic farming.


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