Maha govt sweetens the deal for organic farmers

Want to buy organic jamun, palash, and karvi honey? The state forest department has extended a helping hand to the villagers of Maharashtra’s hinterlands for branding and marketing their produce in cities like Mumbai and Pune.

This will act as a fresh source of livelihood for people residing in the remote Kandati Khore in Satara district, which is part of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve’s (STR) buffer area. These villagers, who lack access to modern amenities, depend on paddy farming to sustain themselves and are forced to migrate to cities to earn a living.