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Organic and natural farming will give farmers self reliance and climate resilience By S. Gopikrishna Warrier on Nov. Kerala plans to have a scientific transition to organic and natural farming from the present chemical farming.
Steps such as geographical indication registration and returning land to its natural use are listed for supporting farmers to overcome problems faced during the floods.
While the monsoons failed inin there were floods. In the middle of AugustKerala went through severe floods, the likes of which was experienced earlier nearly hundred years ago in Two years earlier inboth the southwest and the northeast monsoon failed over the state, as a result of which there was water shortage in the summer of Sunil Kumar, agriculture minister of Kerala, feels that the impact of climate change are already becoming visible in the state, and extreme weather events are likely to visit the state more frequently in the coming years.
On November 16, the Kerala Government is launching a Zero Budget Natural Farming ZBNF programme that will initiate the step-by-step process that has been envisioned to help the agricultural sector recover from the devastation of the flood and make the farmers self-reliant and climate resilient.
Kumar, who has been agriculture minister sincestates that his eco-consciousness originates from his involvement in student environment movement in the mids. Kerala Agriculture Minister V. We are assessing the loss in two to three ways. There is the sudden crop loss, which has been estimated to be over Rs 6, crores Rs 60 billion.
Then there is the ecosystem loss, which is very big. In the mountainous districts of Idukki and Wayanad the topsoil has been significantly washed out. There are also changes in the chemical and physical constitution of the soil, which can cause two kinds of issues.
While in most of the places the implication is adverse, in some areas it is positive. Both these need intervention. In many place silt has accumulated over the soil. This obstructs the oxygen supply to the soil.
In many other places micronutrients have disappeared. We noticed changes in the values of manganese, magnesium and phosphorus and a widespread decrease in boron values. In some places the soil has become acidic. All these need area-specific interventions. Then there are losses to the perennial crops — nutmeg, cardamom, rubber, coffee and coconut.
So it is not enough to assess the present loss but also those whose impacts can come later. For instance, for coconut the loss may appear two years later and nutmeg may need five to six years to recover.
We have estimated the total loss to the agriculture sector at Rs 19, crores Rs billion. Changes in land use patterns led to massive landslides during the August floods in Idukki and Wayanad districts.
Rehabilitation will need to be done in stages.Electronic Benefit Transfer Site (caninariojana.com) Farmer Registration Site (caninariojana.com) Agriculture information Hub (caninariojana.com) Department of Agriculture Development and Farmers' Welfare.
Designed and Maintained by Kudumbashree IT . Kerala Agriculture University (KAU), Vellanikkara, Kerala is an agricultural university that offers various programs in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. From , the university is trifurcated into Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU), Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) and Kerala Agricultural /5(1).
The major change in agriculture in Kerala occurred in the s when production of rice fell due to increased availability of rice all over India and decreased availability of labour. Consequently, investment in rice production decreased and a major portion of the land shifted to the cultivation of perennial tree crops and seasonal crops.
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Designed and Maintained by Kudumbashree IT Unit. Site Last Updated: Friday 21st September Technical support from Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) is helping Maldives farmers reap rich harvests.
Vattaru island in the Maldives has almost the same climatic condition as that of Kerala. Kerala Agriculture Kerala, the state located in the southern tip of India is bordered by Arabian Sea and the extensive network of azure backwaters, rivers and streams, boasts of an agrarian economy.