Kerala village breaks new ground in sustainable living

At a time when excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides has become the norm in agriculture across India, a small community near Kozhikode in Kerala is making an effort to return to much healthier practices of organic farming.

“The basic aim of cultivation is never only harvesting . It is an attempt to make our lifecycle complete,” Babu Parambath, green activist and Project Director of Niravu, told “That is what the Niravu initiative is trying to communicate to society.”

Niravu, which means fullness, is today a proven example of the successful efforts of a community to regain a bygone lifestyle. It is a collective engaged in organic cultivation and related nature-friendly activities. Niravu started as a residents association of 101 households in Vengeri, a small village on the outskirts of Kozhikode.