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Is organic the past or the future of Kerala?

Thinking of going organic— the youth of Kerala has now started to shift to living healthy and going organic. Choosing a lifestyle based on a certain diet seems to be the new growing trend among the youth and this choice speaks as the telling story of a person’s perspective and character to others.  Contradicting the general stigma of IT professionals addicted to consuming junk food over healthy foods has now changed dramatically. Even though US is the godfather of [...]

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Fairtrade International’s General Assembly 2018 held at Costa Rica

Fairtrade International’s General Assembly 2018 was held at Costa Rica recently. Representatives from America, Canada, Asia, Africa, Europe Australia, Latin America and the Caribbean participated in this international conference. At the meeting, it was decided to extend Fairtrade programmes prevalent in developed countries to developing countries where better living standards for farmers and workers need to be ensured through fairtrade. Bijumon Kurian from Kerala, who represented the Network of Asia Pacific Producers (NAPP), was elected to the prestigious Fairtrade International Board.  

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Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Job Responsibilities   Has overall responsibility for managing and providing strategic leadership to assigned departments (Operations, Finance, Production, Supply Chain, IT, and HR) and  has to participates in the general management of the company in close support of the MD. Ensure that internal controls are effectively employed for proper execution of duties, responsibilities and attainment of overall goals and targets. Will be responsible for ensuring compliance with governmental, ISO, and management expectations. Should promote the organization’s values and philosophy relating particularly to ethics, [...]

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Green Fun at Earthbuilders

Earth builder camp for teenagers started at Plantrich Organic Experience Centre. Participants enjoyed the fun-wrapped training programme which taught them about organic farming and cycling. The camp was inaugurated by the planting of pepper vines in grow bags by all participants. The guests to too joined in planting pepper wines. Molly Paul, the organic expert explained the importance of pepper wine planting and its connection with Thiruvathira njattuvela period.  However, due to climate change, many njattuvela seasons too have changed. Ideally, pepper wines should be [...]

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Bijumon Kurian, MD-Plantrich, Speaks to Global Coffee Report

Bijumon Kurian, MD-Plantrich, Speaks to Global Coffee Report (The intelligent magazine for the global coffee industry) A community-led project has empowered smallholder farmers and transformed livelihoods in the Indian state of Kerala. Kerala is well known around the world as one of India’s most intriguing and popular states. While its beaches, food and culture draw masses of tourists to the area each year, to Indians its rich agricultural output has led it to be known as God’s own country. However, for many farmers [...]

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MASS Recent Producer Profile

FLO ID 19619 Fairtrade certified since 2009 Number of members 1628 Smallholders 1.6 hectares per farmer on average Area under production 889 hectares Growing practices 100% organic Coffee variety Robusta Parchment (meaning wet-processed), Robusta Cherry (dry-processed), Arabica (wet-processed) and Arabica Cherry (dry-processed) Coffee quality Mild and low acidity, exotic full-bodied taste, fine aroma Harvest December – February Introduction In 2008, recognizing the difficulties in farming communities, Manarcadu Social Service Society embarked on their Fairtrade project to help more than 1000 small-scale and poor farmers. Today, Manarcadu Social Service Society (MASS) is a 1st grade organization, located in the Kottayam [...]

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BIOFACH – World’s leading Trade Fair

Plantrich @ Biofach 2015, Germany BIOFACH – World’s leading Trade Fair for Organic Food One has not to forget “The small farmers grow around 70% of the planet’s food which means 2 billion people dependent on small scale farming for their survival but same time 50% of the world’s hungry people are smallholding farmers”.  It’s a quite challenging to address it. Bijumon , MD, Plantrich. Organic is more than a label or certification: organic stands for quality and conviction – for the responsible use of [...]

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