Agali: For Thekke Chavadiyoor tribal hamlet in Sholayur grama panchayat of Palakad, rains were the only source of water for agriculture. The region is also prone to wild animal menace. But beating the odds including no facility of irrigation, Thekke Chavadiyoor has become the best organic farming hamlet in Kerala.
This accolade is recognition to a group of 45 farmers belonging to the Irula tribal community who reaped success in the organic cultivation of small grains.
The farmers here have toiled in the 50-acre land. They cultivated pigeon pea, hyacinth bean, mustard, yardlong bean along with the traditional tribal agricultural practice of fostering millet, corn, cereal grasses and spinach.
Earlier, Aanayaim Kurukathi kallu, Moola kombu hamlets have received state-level recognition for organic farming and in deploying indigenous methods in agriculture.