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Kerala to be 'fully organic' by 2015: Agriculture Minister

Posted on Nov 20, 09:27PM | UNI

Kerala will become a totally organic State by 2015, Agriculture Minsiter K P Mohanan said today.

Inaugurating the 'State Level Awareness Programme on PPVFR Act' organised by Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority at the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) here, he said Kerala will be the second State in the country by 2015 in achieving the fully organic farming status.

Now, Sikkim is the only State in the country to get the fully organic status." He said 100 heads of cattle would be supplied to all the 1000 Panchayats under the 'Govardhini Project' with an aim to have additional one lakh cattle in the State.

Climate change has affected the generation of electricity from hydro-electric projects due to lack of rain in Kerala, he said, adding, agricultural production was also affected in thousands of acres due to lack of water in Palakkad District.

The Minsiter said South Indian Regional Office of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority (PPV and FRA) would be opened in Kerala soon to help the farmers in the certification of indigenous and traditional varieties of crops.