First organic farming village in the State
The foray into organic farming at Vengeri in Kozhikode was yet another achievement of Niravu residential forum, which had received the honour of being the first organic village in the state in the year 2008. Agricultural Minister Sri. Mullakkara Ratnakaran had received the approval from the state authorities.
State Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC)
The recognition this time came from the State Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) in the form of Rs.50,000 for the year 2013 and Rs.90000 for the year 2014 as grant for the implementation of an organic vegetable farming project among the member residents of the forum.
KAU’s certificate of merit to Vengeri brinjal
An indigenous variety of brinjal popularised by the residential forum, ‘Niravu Vengeri,’ here has received a certificate of merit from the Kerala Agriculture University (KAU) for being relatively tasty, high yielding and above all suitable for backyard vegetable gardens. According to a study conducted by P. Indira, Professor of Horticulture, Olericulture Department of KAU during 2013, this variety now known as ‘Vengeri brinjal’ has an average length of 44 cm and 12.5 cm thickness. The brinjal plant, which is taller than other varieties, gave a yield of 1.75 kg on an average during the experiment.
Zero-pesticide certificate to Niravu Veggies.
The Pesticide Residue Research and Analytical Laboratory under the College of Agriculture, Vellayanai, Thiruvananthapuram, has given a zero-pesticide certificate to the vegetable samples collected from the vegetable gardens of Niravu Residential Forum at Vengeri in Kozhikode. Researchers from the lab had randomly collected samples of seven varieties of vegetables from seven of the 101 residents of the forum for testing their pesticide content. The principal investigator of the lab has certified that no residues of pesticides were detected in any of the samples collected from the forum. Researchers had directly collected samples of bindi (lady’s finger), baby tomato, ivy gourd, tomato, cluster beans, brinjal cowpea, and green chilly for the test. Though it was an expensive test costing over Rs.6,000 for each samples, the laboratory authorities completed the test for free-of-cost for the forum in view of its initiative to promote organic vegetable cultivation. .
An appreciation from NABARD (to view the letter click here)
Energy Management Centre (EMC)
Minister for Electricity Aryadan Mohammed inaugurated the Oorjasree energy conservation project of Niravu Residential Forum at Vengeri in Kozhikode on September 2, 2012. We have been supported by Energy Management Centre (EMC) by granting Rs. 5000 for training in LED manufacturing.
Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM)
CWRDM is giving free training and technical support for many activities connecting to organic farming. Niravu has installed a rain gauge with the help of the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) on the rooftop of one of its houses at Vengeri. It was for the first time that an instrument was being installed under the aegis of a residential forum in the State.
Centre for Environment and Development (CED)
Saplings of ‘Vengeri brinjal,’ an indigenous variety of brinjal popularised by the residential forum ‘Niravu Vengeri,’ will soon be available commercially with the Centre for Environment and Development, an autonomous research and development body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, entering into tissue culture and make it widely available to the public. CED has supported us by granting Rs. 11,000 for ‘Biodiversity conservation’ project during year 2014.
Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishath (KSSP)
KSSP is giving us all the guidance and advice for all our activities.
‘Malayala Manorama-Ayalsree Award’
We have been bestowed with Malayala Manorama 'Ayalsree award' with a purse of Rs. 1 lakh, for best residents association in Kozhikode district which was organized by Metro Manorama, Rotary Club-East and Bhima jewellery Kozhikode.
We have been awarded first prize with a purse of Rs 25,000 by Mathruboomi for their seed spark state level project competition held on September 27, 2013.
District Collectors, Kozhikode- (To view click here)