The stereotypical image of a bank is always related to its financial dealings. But, Parakkadavu service cooperative bank, a cooperative bank from Ernakulam district in Kerala has chosen a path which is less travelled. They are breaking the existing notions related to a bank by helping villagers to reap organic riches.
It was in 2014 that the bank introduced organic farming at Parakkadavu. The bank officials ensured the participation of all the members. Now, more than 800 active members are involved in the organic farming activities. They eke out their living through organic farming, at the same time promote poison-free farming.
Almost 25 empty lying plots in the village were converted to agricultural land and various crops were cultivated. These lands now offer a lush green scenery. Initially, the bank supplied seed bags and encouraged people to do terrace farming. As the movement strengthened, the bank officials formed different organic farming groups with an aim to make the villagers self-sufficient in organic farming. Now, the chain has developed furthermore forming 48 agricultural groups. The Kudumbasree workers were also instrumental in converting the barren land to a paddy field. They have even converted a land which had been left uncultivated for 25 years.
“There were many discussions to make the villagers self-sufficient through organic farming. At last, we have decided to take up the challenge. We have organised awareness classes among the villagers. Now the villagers find their source of income through organic farming and leave a message for the next generation to adopt it,” said Anitha P Nair, Secretary, Parakkadavu service cooperative bank to The Logical Indian.
The organic revolution
Parakkadavu village, situated on the banks of Chalakudy river has water in abundance. The villagers cultivate various crops like paddy, banana, corn, and various vegetables and don’t rely upon pesticides. They are also involved in duck breeding, chicken breeding, polyhouse farming, floriculture, and hi-tech fish farming. The harvests are sold to the villagers itself.
They are also planning to launch a stall to sell the paddy harvests this year.
The Logical Indian appreciates the efforts of the bank officials and villagers. These measures can be adopted by other farmers too.