With 619 farm clusters, Kerala’s organic farm spreads to 24,491 hectares

KOCHI: Paucity of cultivable land is a major issue in Kerala but the state seemed to be catching on with an organic farming revolution with 13,519.3 hectares of land already under organic farming and 10,972. 6 hectares under conversion for organic farming.

As per the latest data with Union Agriculture Ministry, Kerala has 619 farmer clusters which have taken up organic farming and is ahead of Karnataka with 545 clusters and Tamil Nadu 112 clusters.It’s also surprising to note that the 619 farmer clusters have covered an area of 12,380 hectares while Karnataka has only 10,900 hectares and Tamil Nadu 2240 hectares under organic farming.The data also shows that 30,950 farmers in Kerala have benefitted from Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) scheme between 2015 and 2018 and received Rs 50,000 per hectare.