Farming in the Hills

Different Types of Farming by the Farmers of Nilgiris

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“We used to do organic farming in my grandfather’s days, times have changed now, it’s moved to chemical farming”. Surendar, a farmer, Kookalthorai, Nilgiris

“I grow millets and beans, which are rainfed and we don’t use any chemicals”. Kanakaraj, a tribal, Aracode, Nilgiris

Most farmers in the non-tribal areas grow vegetables and fruits that are commercial using high amounts of pesticides, while farmers in the tribal areas grow traditional crops that require no chemicals.

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