By now I am reasonably sure that we all know what the advantages of consuming organic produce are. Various educational institutions have also started teaching students at a very early age about the different health and environmental benefits of organic produce.
However, things are taking a more realistic turn thanks to the new realities of social media, when groups like Krishibhoomi move from the virtual space to an actual physical presence.
Krishibhoomi is a Facebook group with a member base of more than 1.5 lakh people from across the country. With a growing demand for organic produce, group members have started an organic vegetable sale every Sunday at L-43, LIC Lane, Pattom, in Thiruvananthapuram from 8.30 a.m.
The vegetable sale, which started last week, has already seen an enthusiastic response.
Veggies for sale include yam, yam stem, amaranthus, pumpkin and its leaves, other types of leaves, plantain stem, colocasia stem, raw plantain, chilies, long-podded cowpea, Mysore cheera, tapioca, curry leaves, and moringa leaves, as reported in The Hindu.
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The group members also claim their produce is priced very reasonably.
“Initially, the yield from organic farming may be low owing to field conversion. 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 times even lower than that,” they say.
One of the USP’s of the group is the elimination of middlemen. This enables those who are the producers to directly sell their produce.
The Facebook group has many members who are organic producers and farmers. These members in a bid to encourage more people to start organic farming are extremely forthcoming in clearing doubts on the forum. The admins of the community can also be reached at – 9846914404, 9495122678.
For more details on the group visit their Facebook page Krishibhoomi here.