Rural innovative study centre in Kathalloor
With the Technical help of ororganic Kerala Charitable Trust ,at kanthalloor in Idukki district 44 types of crops including 24 types of fruits, totally organic based ,food crop diversity and soil regeneration and crop management.
Creating Food Crop Diversity In One Acre Model Organic Farm Kanthalloor
Apart from taking initiative in promoting Organic Farming and providing knowledge to Organic Farming Sector,was in the lookout for an ecologically suitable place for starting a model Organic Farm. It took three four years to find a suitable land. In 2002 M. M. Abbas along with K.A Martin and S. Dinendra Prasad(Members of Organic Kerala Charitable Trust) purchased nearly one Acre of land at Kanthalloor in Idukky District, (Kanthalloor is a virtually rain shadow village, lying in the eastern side of the Western Ghats near to Marayur. The place is famous for its cool season fruits and vegetables. Kanthalloor is famous for its apple, oranges, plums, peaches and variety of other fruits and vegetables that are not grown in other parts of Kerala. The Anaimudi Sholai National Park(Formerly known as the Mannavan Chola) is the evergreen forest surrounding Kanthalloor.) where organic farming is being done since then, successfully.
In this plot of land 15 items of fruits such as, Apple(Local variety), Avocada, Plums (different varieties), Pomegranate (different varieties), Strawberry, Sabarjilli (two varieties), Pear, Passion fruits(three varieties), Guava(different varieties), Mango, Orange, Mosambi, Custard Apple, Plantain etc.,7 varieties of Spices such as Cardamom, Small Onion, Garlic, Mustard, Chilly (different varieties), Ginger, Turmeric etc., 10 varieties of Vegetables including Potato, Tomato, Green Mutter, Beans(five varieties), Cauliflower, Beetroot, Carrot, Capsicum, Chowchow, Koorkka etc., 4 varieties of Leafy vegetables including Jar jeer Leaves (rare varieties), two varieties of Grains such as Wheat and Mace are being grown. The peculiar feature of this cultivation is that it provides Food Crop diversity. In a plot of one Acre 38 varieties of crops are being grown.
In a project developed at the instance of Organic Kerala Charitable Trust, we have demonstrated that 24 items of varied vegetables can be grown in 60 square meters of land.