The Pesticide Residue Research and Analytical Laboratory under the College of Agriculture, Vellayanai, Thiruvananthapuram, has given a zero-pesticide certificate to the vegetable samples collected from the vegetable gardens of Niravu Residential Forum at Vengeri in Kozhikode.
Last month, researchers from the lab had randomly collected samples of seven varieties of vegetables from seven of the 101 residents of the forum for testing their pesticide content. The principal investigator of the lab has certified that no residues of pesticides were detected in any of the samples collected from the forum.
Researchers had directly collected samples of bindi (lady’s finger), baby tomato, ivy gourd, tomato, cluster beans, brinjal cowpea, and green chilly for the test. Though it was an expensive test costing over Rs.6,000 for each samples, the laboratory authorities completed the test for free-of-cost for the forum as part its initiative to promote organic vegetable cultivation, said Babu Parambath, an office-bearer of the forum.
Besides cultivating vegetables for their domestic use, members of the forum would give their excess produce to different agencies that market organic vegetables in the city.
“With the clean chit from the concerned authorities, it could be said that the Niravu vegetables are 100 per cent organic now,” said Mr. Babu.