Organic rubber farming deepening roots in Kerala
Shenoy Karun, TNN Nov 22, 2013, 03.47AM IST
KOCHI: Organic farming of rubber is slowly gaining traction in the state as an alternative to traditional methods using chemical fertilizers, said experts in this field. However, the spread of this method is much unorganized as individuals, rather than farmer groups, are implementing it driven by the long-term merits of the switchover.
“I know about 25 farmers who have opted organic farming,” said Mathew Sebastian, executive director of Aluva-based Indocert, a certification body accredited to the National Programme for Organic Production.