They dedicate all Saturdays for vegetable cultivation

Environmentalist C.P. Roy travels to Valiyakandam in Idukki every Saturday from Kottayam with the excitement of a budding farmer. He is part of a group of 21 families who came together to produce organic vegetables for their own consumption. They also sell the vegetables at a higher market price. “There is good demand for organic vegetables,” says C.P. Roy.

Cabinet Gives In-Principle Nod For Real Estate Bill

The cabinet has decided to set up a potable water company near Malankara dam in Idukki, for which the government will soon release Rs 9.86 crore. Chief minister Oommen Chandy said here on Wednesday that the company would be set up under the Kerala irrigation infrastructure and development corporation.

Experts Say Kasturirangan Report Does Not Ban Construction, Cultivation, Tourism And Infrastructure Development In Villages In ESA
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Chief minister Oommen Chandy may have succumbed to political pressure from UDF allies, quarry owners and church authorities, who want a drastic reduction in the number of villages categorized as Ecological Sensitive Area (ESA) as per the Kasturirangan committee report.

5 firms likely to ask for rethink on application to open new quarries

As many as five firms may ask for reconsideration of their application for opening new granite quarries in Western Ghats, invoking an order of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest.

Thiruvananthapuram : Amdist the violent protests in hilly regions of Kerala over implementing certain recommendations of the Kasthurirangan report on Western Ghats, Union Minister for Environment a

Expert panel convenes meet to formulate State’s response to Kasturirangan report

Legislators representing constituencies falling within the Western Ghats region in Kerala have reiterated their demand to exempt populated zones from the Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESAs) demarcated by the Kasturirangan committee on conservation of the Western Ghats.

The decision of the Ministry of Environment and Forest to declare 60,000 sq km of the Western Ghats, which covers 44 districts in six states, as ecologically sensitive area, has evoked protest from

Participates in Navaratri festival in Padmanabapuram Palace

Reiterating the Kerala government’s position on the Mullaperiyar dam, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said his government would not compromise on the safety of the dam, a matter concerning lakhs of people living in many districts of that State.

Fund For Setting Up Basic Facilities

The state will get Rs 125.5 crore for improving the basic facilities of the government hospitals across the state. The fund has been sanctioned by the Centre under the national rural health programme (NRHM), said health minister V S Sivakumar.

Will Provide Info On Market-Based Demand, Nutrition Needs Of Vegetables

The state agriculture department is all set to launch a GPS-based service for providing polyhouse farmers accurate information on market-based demand and nutrition needs for vegetables cultivated inside the translucent tents.