This Onam season Kanjikuzhy unleashed a silent organic farming revolution. At a time the vegetables coming from other states contain poisonous pesticide residue, each and every household in Kanjikuzhy Panchayath in Alappuzha, Kerala experimented a new green revolution by turning their little compounds into farm houses.
It is after a health survey conducted by the Panchayath revealed that the poisonous food is causing disease and to fight out, the Panchayath promoted a movement for vegetable farming in each household. The Panchayath distributed the saplings for the initiative.
When we travel from Thiruvananthapuran to Kochi, we can see organic vegetables put up for sale on the side of the National Highway at Kanjikkuzhi near Cherthala.
The lush green Kanjikuzhy Panchayat is scripting an organic message by churning out massive quantum of pesticide-free vegetables for this Onam. The Kanjikuzhy experiment comes at a time when the state is depending hugely on vegetables with high pesticide content from other states.
The unsung heroes of organic farms had to face the middlemen menace as usual, but this time they could overcome it with the active support of local bodies and the Horticultural Corporation which came out with a support price for the produce.
The organic output from Kanjikuzhy which was ready for the Onam harvest came from 100 acres of land cultivated by around 50 farmers. According to rough estimates, an average of 6,000 kg of safe vegetables would hit the market everyday during Onam week.
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