Niravu Farmers’ Club

A farmers club has been formed under the aegis of the Vengeri ‘Niravu’ residential forum on the New Year day of the Malayalam Calendar in 2013. District collector C.A. Latha inaugurated the club by releasing the logo of the club during a function at the urban agricultural wholesale market at Vengeri. The club is implementing different agricultural projects with financial assistance from the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD). The club has already decided to take up different projects encompassing organic farming, biodiversity conservation, energy conservation, value added products from agricultural products, protection of indigenous cattle breeds, fish, goat and poultry farms as well as farm visits.

‘Niravu Organic Village’

The Niravu Organic Village concept visualises an expansion of its Farmers’ Club membership to all prospective farmers in-and-around the Kozhikode city, whose produces will be thoroughly monitored by an expert committee and periodically tested at the Pesticide Residue Research and Analytical Laboratory under the College of Agriculture in Vellayani. It envisages to create a network of organic farmers (even if they are nominal farmers with a few cents of land around their house with only one or two produces) to create a pool of different produces for marketing among prospective buyers. We already have 80 members in our club, which is aided by NABARD. All of them cultivate one or another variety of vegetables in their yard, all organically. The NABARD-funded project will enjoy technical support from the Kerala Agriculture University and agriculture department. Niravu will make a database that includes the details of all members in its farmers' club.

Niravu LED bulbs, revamped website and Logo of Niravu Organic Village project were launched here at Mananchira sports council hall on June 4, 2014. Niravu farmers' club functioning under the aegis of NABARD, aims to promote organic farming and emphasize on the importance of energy conservation as well as the sales of the surplus organic products. The logo release was conducted by NABARD District Development Manager Mr K P Padmakumar who urged to establish agri-processing unit of indigenous fruits. “Use of LED bulbs can save 30-40% of energy”, said Dr. Achuthan, environment activist inaugurated the market launch of LED bulbs under the Niravu Oorjasree project. Prof. Shobeendran, chairman of Green Community, commented that “Niravu Organic Village is a text book to learn”.

‘Village Livelihood Safety Programme,’

‘Knowledge, art, and sweat for a better society,’ is the slogan of Niravu Vengeri. Exemplifying its motto is a new project, conceived by its farmers’ club with the help of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). The project, titled ‘Village Livelihood Safety Programme,’ which was launched at Vengeri on July 4, 2014, by Ramesh Tenkil, Chief General Manager of NABARD, envisages producing items from vegetables to milk to spices at members’ backyards and marketing them through a centralised system. K.P. Padmakumar, NABARD District Development Manager for Kozhikode and Malappuram, D Suresh Kumar (Dy. General Manager, Canara Bank circle office Kozhikode), K Bhuvanadas (Lead Bank Manager, Kozhikode),District Panchayat Skill Development Centre chairman K. Sreedharan, are also attended the function.

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Niravu Youth Farmers' Club inaugurated at Providence college Kozhikode and NIT Kozhikode by Sri K P Padmakumar, DDM NABARD on July 14, 2014. Mr K Bhuvandas, Manager LEAD Bank has given " Financial Literacy Awareness Programme" during the function

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Niravu Organic Village (Sales outlet)-Inaugurated

Niravu Organic Village, a sales outlet, at Nadakkavu in Kozhikode district inaugurated by District collector C A Latha on August 17, 2014. All the products manufactured by our farmers club members are available at the outlet. Sri KP Padmakumar DDM NABARD is also present during the function. This project is under the FTTF programme of NABARD.

Niravu zero waste management unit