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Exhibition to promote vegetable cultivation

Special Correspondent

THRISSUR: Seeds and saplings worth Rs. 1.5 lakh were sold on Tuesday and Wednesday at an agricultural exhibition organised by the Peringandur Service Cooperative Bank.

The three-day exhibition is being held as part of Thiruvathira Njattuvela celebrations. Belief goes that steady rain favours farming during Thiruvathira Njattuvela.

Njattuvela refers to position of the sun in relation to zodiac signs. There are 27 Njattuvelas every year, each with a duration of thirteen-and-a-half days. The Peringandur Service Cooperative Bank envisages total conversion to organic farming within 10 years in the Vadakkanchery region.

“The plan is to make every house self-sufficient in vegetable production. Home gardens are being promoted. The bank is trying to create awareness about the dangers of using harmful chemicals in farms,” said bank president M.R. Anup Kishore.

To help the bank in its mission, agencies such as the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Kerala have joined in. At the exhibition, the VFPCK put up for sale trays of tomato, brinjal and green gram seedlings. Each tray contained 100 seedlings and cost Rs. 100.

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