The first group of farmers in Ernakulam district have begun a training programme to get organic farming certification through the internationally-accepted Participatory Guarantee System under the aegis of PGS India.
The PGS certification system involves farmers groups of five or more who mutually testify to the organic quality of the produces. The process is inexpensive for the small and marginal farmers. The conventional process of getting organic certification is expensive and may not be affordable for them, said sources in Organic Kerala Charitable Trust, which is engaged in spreading awareness about organic farming and its merits.
The training programme for the small group of farmers under the Palliyakkal Service Cooperative Bank is being backed by the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam, which is one of the agencies appointed by PGS Regional Centre, Bengaluru. The Department of Agriculture is another agency designated to help the PGS system in the State.