Organic veggies on Adilabad’s plate

Collective of 60 young farmers to open outlet by August 15

The town will soon boast of an organic vegetables outlet, thanks to the efforts of some young farmers from Jainad, Adilabad, Talamadugu, Indervelli, Gudihatnoor and Ichoda mandals.

Around 60 vegetable farmers, who have formed a society named Prakruti Foods Society, will open the outlet at Collectorate Chowk by August 15.

The society was given suitable land and ₹16 lakh for construction of the outlet by the district administration. “An organic agriculture input mart will also be opened in future,” revealed Collector D. Divya who is keen on promoting organic farming in the district.

Society leader Yelti Pramod Kumar, himself an organic farmer from Jainad mandal, told The Hindu that about 25 varieties of vegetables, lentils, pulses and millets grown organically will be sold through the outlet which is to be named Prakruti Foods, after the name of the society. “Our members have been growing vegetables naturally since long. But now we have come together to give people better food to consume,” he said.

They plan to price their vegetables, to be known as naturally grown vegetables until they bag the ‘organic’ certification, at 20% more than the price at the local rythu bazaar. “That is due to extra investment in terms of labour and lesser yield than hybrids,” he added.

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