The Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralams (VFPCK) efforts to promote organic farming under the Participatory Guarantee System – India (PGS), a decentralised organic farming certification system of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has gathered momentum in the district with ten farmers local groups registered in just over a year.
Each group has only five to seven members since the focus is not on forming larger groups. Farmers engaged in organic farming are considered for membership.
The Participatory Guarantee System of certifying organic produce is expected to help scale up organic farming and provide reliability for produce being sold under the organic tag. The conventional system of certifying organic produce has been found to be too cumbersome and costly for farmers with small holdings.