The New Indian Express, 22nd October 2012
T’Puram: Concluding the World Food Day observance, Thanal, a city-based NGO, organised a function to honour organic farmers here the other day. Poet Sugathakumari inaugurated the function.
Cash awards were presented to 12 organic farmers based on their produce which varied from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 5,000/-. A total of 36 farmers were honoured in the function.
In her inaugural address, Sugathakumari shared her experiences with the farmers and offered her support to Organic Bazaar, an outlet for organic products.
“We are among the huge population which dies each day by consuming food with pesticides. Organic farmers could certainly bring a change in the coming future: said Madhupal on the occasion.
Organic Bazaar, a reliable outlet for organic produce, brings together consumers and producers of organic produce under one roof.
“The foundation of Organic Bazaar is in building faith and relationship between all those who are concerned about the environment, food and children” said P Nandukumar, a consumer representative in his paper presentation.
“The bazaar helps small, marginal and landless farmers to come out of the chemical and water-intensive agricultural practices and improve their health and livelihood”, he added.
A book authored by Priyanka and Ambika to create awareness on traditional knowledge and practices in the cultivation of leafy vegetables, which have vanished from the backyards of the homes of Malayalees, was released by Sugathakumari.
Actor and writer Madhupal, Thanal director Usha Kumari, Organic Bazaar president T J Babychan among others attended the function.