Kanyakumari is surrounded with hundreds of homesteads scatted amid clumps of coconut trees surrounded by a watery patch work of paddy fields. The fields glittering with paddy, rivulets burbling with water and the sun sparkling, this is the pretty picture that many visitors to Kanyakumari regions often carry back home. But the reality is something else altogether. There is paddy but always heavily dosed with pesticide and the fertile tilth being slowly rendered toxic
CADRE-India's agriculture initiatives in Kanyakumari district are aimed at providing agricultural educational support to the small and middle farmer. Like in the rest of the country, in this district nearly 70% of the population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihood.
CADRE-India believes that agriculture has to be run on organic methods rather than using chemical fertilizers. The aim is to re-educate the farmer on crop cultural practices so that dependency on pesticides and fertilisers decreases while maintaining the output level.