Facebook group cultivates interest in organic vegetables

Scare over widespread use of pesticides has prompted many to turn to organic food and cultivation.

Residents of Thiruvananthapuram, India, looking to buy organic vegetables at affordable price now have one more destination to head to.

Krishibhoomi, a Facebook group, has started organic vegetable sale every Sunday at L-43, LIC Lane, Pattom, from 8.30 a.m. The vegetable sale, which started last week, has seen an enthusiastic response.

The produce includes that by certified farmers and Krishibhoomi members, mostly grown on their terraces and at times in kitchen gardens.

If there is any suspicion of any produce containing pesticides, these will be tested for their presence with the support of the Kerala Agricultural University’s Pesticide Residue Research Analytical Laboratory and the producer will not be allowed to grow the produce.

“Initially, the yield during organic farming may be low owing to field conversion and pest attacks may be frequent. But if one understands how to go about it properly, it can be done more economically than that done using fertilizers. One can get good produce and quantity too. Here, we are selling produce at market rates, and at time even lower than that,” they say.

The Krishibhoomi group has nearly 175,000 members who post their experiences of organic farming and produce.

This is an autogenerated summary from a published source: Facebook collective on organic vegetables