ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Organically Bound

The Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu is home to a growing movement of organic farming, now egged on by the district administration.

Gloom descends over the farmers of Ramanathapuram, the district in Tamil Nadu famed for the Pamban Bridge, where hopes of a good harvest have been dashed to smithereens by the long dry spell brought on by the failure of the north-east monsoon.

Not all farmers are despondent, though. R Murugesan, for one, is all smiles. This year, despite a bad monsoon, he expects a bountiful yield from his farm. A former government employee, Murugesan is one of the few farmers who have bucked the trend to turn around his organic farm at Ethhivayal, 10 km from Ramnad (Ramanathapuram). He was originally tempted to buy the property on account of the sorry fact that vast amounts of agricultural land were being diverted for real-estate speculation. He wished to farm the land, instead.

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