Organic farming: Women craft ‘vegetable revolution’ on land left uncultivated for years
Parassala: By using scientific organic farming techniques, a group of women from Cheruvattoor Potta region of Kottakkakom, which comes under Parassala Krishi Bhavan, has crafted ‘vegetable revolution’.
The group named Karunya headed by Joilett Ruby has been successful in actualizing Kerala government’s project for converting uncultivated lands to agricultural lands. “We are receiving all support and cooperation of officials in the agriculture department,” says Joilett while sharing her happiness about the success.
The women were confronted with many odds but with the help of agriculture department, they overcame the challenges one after another. The first roadblock was conversion of uncultivated land into a cultivable land. However, that was resolved by imbibing MGNREGA workers for clearing and hoeing the plot. Interestingly this also was done by women.
Then came the challenge of getting good quality seeds and organic fertilizers. This is where Krishi Bhavan played a crucial part. It provided seeds of spinach, okra, bitter gourd, cucumber and pea and organic fertilizers.
“We completely relied on scientific method of organic farming. That contributed to the high yield,” Parassala agriculture assistant Sreeju SJ said.
The group has initiated harvesting the first yield from the land. Presently, spinach has been collected. Due to the success of the organic method they are also planning to find new uncultivated lands that can be made fit for agriculture.