Alimentos OrgánicosEne. 13, 2015
India: aumenta el consumo de vegetales orgánicos
K.N. Balagopal, MP, has said that a mood to consume organically grown vegetables has gripped the people of the State.
“The people have started realising that vegetables imported from other States are a health hazard as they are from crops grown under the care of harmful pesticides and fertilizers,” he said.
Mr. Balagopal said this while addressing a gathering on Wednesday after inaugurating the harvest of terrace garden vegetables grown in the district jail complex. It was also the first terrace vegetable garden experiment in a jail complex of the State. The terrace garden was raised with the support of the district panchayat and the Agriculture Department.
He said that when Kerala was formed on November 1, 1956, the State had a population of 1.25 crore. Presently the population is over 3 crore. But the extent of farmlands in the State in 1956 had considerably dwindled now.
This is one of the reasons why the State has to depend upon vegetable crops grown in other States.
Addressing the gathering, the district panchayat president S. Jaymohan said that the schemes of the district panchayat to promote organic farming had started to yield results since there has been an increase in the production of organically grown vegetables and paddy in the district. He said that the district panchayat has also evolved a scheme to convert the terraces of all government buildings in the district to vegetable farms.
The terrace garden vegetable farm at the jail was tended to by jail inmate Sasi. The function was presided over by the jail superintendent A.A. Hamid.