Plea to reconsider govt's decision to take over POABS estate

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Kochi, Dec 10 (UNI) Three major buyers of Kerala's organic products from Germany, Japan and the US had approached diplomatic missions at various levels, seeking their intervention to reconsider the State Government's decision to take over the Thuthampara POABS organic estate in Palakkad district.

According to an official release here today, the German buyer, Ulrich Walter, had approached Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar in Germany, expressing regret over the government's decision.

Ulrich Walter was importing organic products like tea, coffee and pepper worth Rs 2.5 crore annually from the POABS since 2003, the release quoted POABS Director Thomas Jacob as saying.

Volcafe Limited from Japan gave a representation to Indian Ambassador H K Singh in Tokyo, stating it would be a great pity to lose the high quality organic Robusta coffee, it had been receiving from the POABS.

The US' Royal Coffee Inc vice-president John Cossette also gave a representation to US Ambassador to India David C Mulford, seeking his intervention in the matter.

The 350-acre Thuthampara estate at Nelliampathy, which was in the possession of the POABS group since 1995, was one of the two largest Biodynamic organic estates in the world and the only one in India, the other one being in Mexico.

Mr Jacob said it took more than 10 years to develop these organic products, which were acceptable to the quality-conscious western market. During the period, the company pumped in over Rs 60 crore into the venture and the products had been certified by international agencies.

UNI

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