Indian grower decides to grow organic grapes

A Perambalur grower has successfully raised a vineyard by cultivating the Paneer grape variety, adopting organic practices.

It was a successful return to grape cultivation for R. Perumal, whose vineyard was destroyed in heavy rain and flash floods in 2005. He gave up the crop but has raised it again on about 30 cents on his four-acre land after attending a training programme on organic farming and sustainable practices organised by GREAT, a voluntary organisation, with support from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) under its capacity building for adoption of technology initiative.

Many farmers have come forward to take up grapes cultivation, said L. S. Naveenkumar, District Development Manager, NABARD, Perambalur. “We plan to support about 15 to 20 farmers on a project mode towards increasing area of coverage under the crop in the district,” he told thehindu.com.


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