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Organic and Natural Northeast India

ORGANIC FOODS ARE A SMART CHOICE

Regardless of any diet, organic foods are a smart choice. Opting for organic foods is an effectual choice for maintaining personal health. Buying and consuming organically grown food - free of harmful chemicals and bursting with more nutrition, taste is a perfect way of living a healthy life.  

Zizira is making an organic choice for you! At Zizira, we are always exploring, researching, and bringing out insights on how indigenous farmers of Meghalaya are using traditional methods of farming without the use of any fertilizers and pesticides.  

Here are a few instances we would love to share with you!  

ORGANIC FARMING METHODS - A PUSH BY THE GOVERNMENT OF MEGHALAYA

Organic farming methods are being promoted big time by the Government of Meghalaya. The Chief Minister of the State of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma, launched a new initiative called ‘Mission Organic’ in January 2015.

A reader's worth blog on this effort was posted on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Meghalaya, by Mr. Canning Shabong, an Agricultural Development Officer in that Department. Mr. Shabong spoke to team Zizira too, about the commitment of|the Government to promote organic farming.

NORTHEAST INDIA IS THE BEST ORGANIC FARMING HOT SPOT OF INDIA

On a recent visit to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Meghalaya, our group was told that Northeast India is organic by default. This means most small farms have never used pesticides or fertilizers. Farmers are still using traditional methods of farming. Old fashioned farming has become a strength. In other words because Northeast India has been so far behind the times, farmers still use old fashioned farming methods. They now have a big advantage because this naturally ascribes the land as the best organic farming region.  

MEGHALAYA'S ORGANIC TEA - TIME TO STAND UP AND TAKE NOTICE

If we were to ask you whether you have heard of ‘Assam’ tea or ‘Darjeeling’ tea – the answer is highly likely to be ‘of course’!  

But, have you heard of Meghalaya tea? A tea which matches, if not excels the Darjeeling tea in taste and flavor? This tea is waiting to be discovered by the larger population of India, especially by the tea connoisseurs!  

If you are a tea lover who looks for quality, it is time to look for Meghalaya tea! Yes, it may seem like we are biased when we say this, but we bring you what we heard and gathered through field visits and meeting with experts.

OFF THE GRID FOR YEARS: STORY OF A TRADITIONAL FARMER FROM MEGHALAYA

Here is one interesting story of a traditional farmer from Meghalaya who have been living off the grid for years. All his farming practices are devoid of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Read on for more insights on how he did it!  

You may have heard of our exploratory trips around Meghalaya as we discover the hidden agricultural potential of the region. In one such trip, our team of explorers reached Mawklot village, East Khasi Hills District Meghalaya to meet a traditional farmer growing perilla seeds. 

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