KOCHI: The organic vegetable fair organised by Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) is on at Rajendra Maidan. The major attraction of the vegetable fair is that organic farmers in Ernakulam as well as other districts can sell their vegetables through the stalls set up here.
Various agencies and societies, including Palliyakkal Service Society, Krishi Vignan Kendra, Organic Kerala, Nadathara Panchayat, Ernakulam District Organic Farming Committee, Attappady Face Trust, District Farmers’ Association, Jaivasree and Vegetable and Fruits Promotion Council have brought their produce to the fair, which will be open till August 27.
The major aim of the fair, according to the organisers, is to provide organic and healthy vegetables to the public during Onam. “Onam is the season when the demand for vegetables will increase considerably in the market. The chances are high for the public to get exploited as apprehensions are still prevailing over the pesticide-infected vegetables from other states. Hence, we have decided to give free space to the organic farmers to set up stalls. They will have to pay only the electricity charges and can also sell their produce through the outlets,” according to GCDA chairman N Venugopal.
Earlier, the GCDA, along with district administration, had launched ‘Operation Adukkala’, an organic revolution to make Ernakulam a self-sufficient district in vegetable farming. “The Onam fair is also organised as part of Operation Adukkala,” Venugopal added.
Not only the sales of vegetables, but also seeds, fertilisers for vegetables and herbal plants are available for sale at the venue.
Meanwhile, sales of organic vegetables will continue at the stalls set up at Ernakulam Civil Station till August 21. The organic vegetable stalls set up by Kochi Hi-tech Farmers’ Society, the organisation formed by the organic farmers of the district under Ernakulam District Horticulture Mission, will mainly sell organic vegetables.
Supplyco also will set up various fairs for the Onam season in Ernakulam district. The special Onam fair by Supplyco has already been launched at Mulanthuruthy.