The rains in Kerala over the second half of August wreaked havoc, causing mass-scale destruction. While the damage to life and property are the immediate consequences, we must also take stock of the damage that the floods have done to agricultural soil.
Kerala is known to produce large quantities of coconut, banana, cashew nut and paddy, along with spices like pepper, turmeric and cardamom and areca nut, among other things.
The agricultural department is now spreading awareness among the farming community to ensure that they make use of the soil for irrigation. It is also a great time to start organic farming.