Ambalavayal: With an objective to produce pesticide-free vegetables for the upcoming Onam season, the Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) here has started organic vegetable farming.
Vegetable prices shoot up during Onam season in Kerala. Accordingly, people are left with no other option but resort to the vegetables treated with pesticides being brought in from other states.
In order to tackle the situation, RARS have initiated vegetable farming in 50 hectares belonging to the centre.
The seedlings have been planted in poly houses, open spaces and also in intercrop plantations. This time, yard-long bean, beans, okra, chilli, brinjal, bitter gourd and tomato are being raised.
This apart papaya, drumstick, yam and colocasia will be ready for harvest during Onam.
The bitter gourd and tomato, which are prone to pest attack, are cultivated in poly houses.
“We are making efforts to expand the cultivation into all available space,” said Dr P Rajendran, Associate Director of RARS.
The produce will be sold through the markets of RARS.
The centre is taking initiatives to execute more projects in cooperation with the district administration for the production of toxic-free vegetables.