Jaivam 2017, a campaign for organic farming being taken up by Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU), was formally launched by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said his government would strive to make the State a hundred per cent organic State. Projects such as Haritha Keralam initiated by the government and Jaivam launched by the university would become meaningful only when the youth took such programmes forward, he said.
While a large number of people in the State were still dependent on agriculture, unhealthy trends such as commercialisation, which would result in degeneration of soil, was creeping into the sector. Switching to organic farming was one way such tendencies could be challenged successfully, he said. The State should emerge as an area where health food was produced.