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Niravu tries to sow a twin crop

Jabir Mushthari
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Scheme combines organic farming and solid waste management

Yet another green initiative of the ‘Niravu’ residential forum at Vengeri in Kozhikode, which was declared as the first organic farming village in the State in 2008 by the then Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran, has received approval from the State authorities.

The approval this time comes from the State Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) in the form of Rs.50,000 for the implementation of an organic vegetable farming project among the member residents of the forum during year 2013.

The DECC had invited proposals for environment-related projects with a theme ‘Nadin Suchithwam Veedukaliloode,’ (Cleanliness of the land through cleanliness of homes) earlier in 2012. The Niravu residential forum sent the proposal for a domestic organic vegetable farming project integrating it with a domestic solid waste management plan named ‘Jaivasree,’ to be implemented among 50 select residents of the forum.

As per the project, selected by the authorities as part of its environmental awareness campaign named Paristhithikam 2012-13, each resident will individually make organic vermicompost from the biodegradable kitchen waste they produce. And it will be used as manure for vegetables they cultivate in their kitchen yard in one-foot-high earthen pots. “The selected residents will be given as many as 10 earthen pots each as part of the scheme,” Babu Parambath, project co-coordinator of ‘Jaivasree,’ said.

The residents will be given seeds or saplings of select vegetable varieties such as spinach, okra, brinjal, tomato, green chilli, cowpea, and bush pepper to be planted with proper domestic supervision. Over 500 earthen pots have been purchased by the forum. They have also collected organic vegetable seeds and saplings. The Centre for Water Resources Development and Management had offered bush pepper saplings free of cost, he said. “Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan will inaugurate the project by planting a bush pepper sapling here on Sunday,” Mr. Parambath said.

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