Kanjikuzhy has won the district-level prize, instituted by the Agriculture department, for the best panchayat engaged in organic farming. Cherthala south panchyat won the second prize.
The third prize was shared by Kumarapuram and Muttar panchayats.
Organic farming is done in 1,100 hectares in Kanjikkuzhy panchayat. Apart from paddy, plantain, vegetables and betel leaves, the panchayat promotes dairy and poultry farming.
The organic farming practices are followed by farmers with the cooperation of various government departments such as agriculture and animal husbandry.
Projects under soil conservation and panchayat raj are extended to farmers.
Organic fertilizers and pesticides are distributed at affordable rates through farmers’ clusters which also undertake marketing of the produce.
About 1,000 hectares of land have been brought under organic farming in Cherthala south panchayat.
Apart from government agencies, Kudumbasree and cluster of farmers are involved in farming and marketing.