Farmers to grow chilli by organic farming

By TheHindu on 02 Mar 2017 | read

The Bangalore-based International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Commissioner of Horticulture to cultivate chillies by organic farming on 250 hectares of land in the district.

Disclosing this to reporters during a field visit on Thursday, B.Ilangovan, Deputy Director of Horticulture and C.R.Kesavaraman, Horticulture Officer, said chilli would be cultivated by organic farming for the first time in the district and the department has identified about 500 farmers to cultivate high yielding varieties of K1 and K2. ICCOA, the knowledge and learning centre for all aspects of organic agriculture, is expected to depute experts next week to educate and motivate the farmers on the organic farming methods for chilli cultivation, they said.

Farmers cultivating native “Ramnad Mundu” would be encouraged to go for new varieties in organic farming.

Special Correspondent