Organic Coconut oil, the Organic coconut water, and organic coconut cream extract used for cosmetics are really organic?
Ever wondered whether the Coconuts that we buy from market have some chemical history or the Organic Coconut oil, the Organic coconut water, and organic coconut cream extract used for cosmetics are really organic?
The common perception among people is that the coconuts that we use are from some distant tropical land in some third world countries or more over we don’t have to cultivate coconut at all in farms. This is a common myth that people at large have nurtured since long. Coconut farming is done in many parts of the world. It is grown in more than 86 countries worldwide, with a total production of 54 billion nuts per annum. Moreover it is a major cash crop and exerts a profound influence on the rural economy of the many countries.
So given the fact that the coconut palm is a versatile tree crop considered as the five legendary Devavrikshas or Kalpavriksha – the all giving tree – in Indian scriptures. It would be vice to consider its importance to our farming economy. It provides nutritious food and an organic refreshing drink, organic oil for edible and non-edible uses, fibre of commercial value, and shell for fuel and industrial uses, thatch, an alcoholic beverage, timber and a variety of miscellaneous products for use as domestic fuel.
All this benefits of coconut has prompted many farmers worldwide to do coconut farming using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Leading to a mass production of coconuts chemically originated. So it is a myth that all the coconut that you see is organic!
Govardhan Eco- village
Govardhan Eco- village has taken initiatives to undertake organic coconut farming in a small way to preserve the biodiversity of the varieties of coconut that is available in India and to set up a model for organic coconut cultivation techniques .We have around twenty varieties of trees available at the farm with a start-up production of 200-300 coconuts per year.
Organic Farming of coconut involves application of organic fertilizers and organic pesticides. Various organic sources of natural fertilizers include residues from harvests, crop straw, stalks and any vegetable matter, kitchen wastes, brush woods, and animal manures, among others. These materials are advantageous in their application when they are always available locally. So at our organic farm we primarily dependent on crop straw and stalks and mostly Cow dung slurry. The cow dung slurry from biogas plant and the biomass from crop production are mixed to form a formulation that is filled in trenches around the coconut trees. This provides sufficient nutrient base to the soil and improves cultivation.
To handle pest problems
To handle pest problems we have identified major pests which damage the coconut palm. These are the rhinoceros beetle, the leaf eating caterpillar, and the red palm weevil. These pests are being controlled by adopting the methods such as Coco-Trapp™ from Pest control of India which is used as pheromone trap for Red Palm Weevil & Rhinoceros Beetles. The Coco-trapp acts effectively to trap the Rhinoceros Beetles & Red Palm Weevil.
Thus we at GEV are striving to have the magic of coconut unveil in the coming years where we have full range of Organic coconut products through safe and natural ways of Organic farming.