After its pioneering efforts in universal literacy, Kerala has scored another first with Cheriyanad gram panchayat in Alappuzha district being declared the country's maiden litigation controlled and legal literate panchayat.

A cultural procession held in Thrissur as part of the conclusion of the Central Zone Agriculture Fair on Monday.

The harvesting of organic paddy cultivated by the Vadakkencherry Padashekhara Samithi was performed here on Thursday.

The Vadakkencherry Padashekhara Samithi consisting of 40 farmers had grown paddy in a 75 acre area. This was the second harvest festival being held here. Last year organic paddy cultivation was experimented in the paddy fields here with the co-operation of the Vadakkencherry grama panchayat and the Department of Agriculture.

At Kuttanad, harvested paddy being packed in gunnybags. A file picture. Reliance's attempt to reach an agreement with the Kuttanad Development Society to buy its entire paddy harvest failed, apparently over the price. ONE of the most sensitive initiatives by Reliance Retail since its foray into the farm sector in Kerala in June 2007 was its attempt to procure rice from Kuttanad in Alappuzha district, where farmers have been in distress for long because of falling prices, labour shortage, high cost of inputs, shrinking area under cultivation, opposition to mechanisation, and high wages.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy on Saturday alleged that the Kerala government had betrayed farmers by failing to release Rs. 60 crore it owed them due to paddy procurement.

Standing paddy across 10,000 hectares have been destroyed by unseasonal rains. No labour was in supply to harvest the crop in time.
Mechanical harvesters couldn't be used since the CPI(M)'s union refused to give timely permission
It requires union consent for Kerala farmers to bring in labour from outside or use machines
Five farmer suicides in the last fortnight.

The study was conducted to assess the physico-chemical and bacteriological quality of stored rain water in the ferrocement tanks of Alappuzha District, Kerala. Representative water samples were collected on random basis from ten stations with rain water harvesting facility during the periods January 2006 and April 2006.

The present study was conducted to analyse the physico-chemical characteristics of effluent discharged from the distillery unit of McDowell and Company situated in Varanadu at Cherthala Taluk, Alappuzha district in Kerala state. (2007)

Kerala s paddy farmers resent water disbursal to NTPC plant

In the league of Palakkad, Ernakulam and Thrissur
79 Assembly constituencies totally electrified
Efforts to improve public distribution system: Isaac

ALAPPUZHA: Alappuzha district was on Sunday declared totally electrified, taking the number of totally electrified districts in the State to four, including Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam.

Making the declaration in the absence of Chief Mini