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Nepal: Certified organic tea produced with care for the environment

Transcendental Meditation News - UK    Translate This Article
11 January 2013

The Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Centre (KTE) in Nepal, founded by Dr Deepak Baskota, is the first cooperative organic tea plantation in the country. Since 1997, KTE has been certified organic by the National Association of Sustainable Agriculture, Australia, which is accredited by IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture)—the international umbrella organisation for organic agriculture.

By using organic farming methods, KTE is committed to conserving the environment. Regular training is given to farmers in areas such as integrated pest management (based on traditional Ayurvedic practices including companion planting and the mixing of pest-repellent botanicals with compost) and techniques that reduce soil erosion, including sustainable forestry and the cultivation of vetiver, a plant that binds the soil.

Soil fertility is maintained by the use of locally available farmyard manure, composting, and the planting of green manure. As well as tea, organic herbs and spices are also grown to supplement the farmers' income.

Dr Baskota is also national director of Nepal Maharishi Vedic Foundation (the organisation that offers Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes in the country.

Dr Baskota has organised conferences on Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture that have drawn participation from leading members of the Nepalese government and the farming community interested in converting the entirety of Nepal's agriculture to organic.

In September 2010, Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala inaugurated one such conference by declaring: ''Organic agriculture is considered the most pure, safe and environmentally friendly method of agricultural development. In countries like ours, where religious and social traditions play important roles in social policies and lifestyle, the Vedic Organic Agriculture system offers positive hopes and successful examples for scientific agricultural development.'' (Click here to read more about the September 2010 conference.)

See previous articles in this series:
Nepal: Dr Deepak Baskota brings news of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes to UK
UK's peace-creating communities of meditators inspire formation of similar groups in Nepal
Nepal's first organic tea plantation raises villagers' standard of living

Global Good News will feature more about Dr Baskota's recent presentations in the UK, including how KTE has emerged as a perfect business model for community development and for poverty reduction at a grass roots level.

Source: Adapted from Transcendental Meditation News - UK

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