Dr JOSHY V CHERIAN
G2, First Phase, Daisy Residency
Bharathidasan Nagar Extension
Joshy V Cherian, Indian National
Date of Birth: 31st May 1961
MSc., Botany: University of Kerala, Kerala, India
LLB., Campus law centre: Delhi University – New Delhi, India.
PhD, Environmental Science: Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India
Area of Specialization – Natural Resource Management, Organic Agriculture and Solid Waste Management
- Currently facilitating solid waste management initiatives in Bangalore and different towns and cities in Kerala.
- Promoter & Managing Director of Omega Ecotech Products India Pvt.Ltd., Coimbatore.
- Founder Chairman: Indian Organic Farmers Producer Company Ltd., Reg.Office.M.M.Villa, Thottumaugham,Po. Aluva.Ernakulam. Dt.Kerala.
- Has over twenty-five years of ‘hands-on’ experience in Farm Development and Management.
- Has spent five years as a Post-graduate Teacher of Botany in a college affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam, Kerala.
- Research in the field of Bio-Waste Management and Organic Farming since 1995 culminating in a PhD. Programme.
Languages known: English, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Facilitator of Anthiyur Wasteland Development Project, Anthiyur, Pollachi, Coimbatore Dt. in the State of Tamil Nadu.
Developed protocol for producing organic manure from the process residue in the ossien manufacturing plant of the Nitta Gelatin India Limited, Koratty, Ernakulam District, Kerala. This company is a joint venture between Kerala Government and Nitta Gelatin, Japan
Advisor / Consultant for various Agriculture & Plantation Projects including Certified Organic Estates, in the State of Tamil Nadu, Kerala etc.
Technical Advisor – Tamil Nadu Co-Operative State Agriculture and Rural Development Bank, Chennai.
Participated in an International workshop on “Organic Farming and Rural Development” held in Germany in October 2002, sponsored by AGRECOL
Participated in Bio-Fach 2005 Nuremberg Germany in Feb’2005
National Workshop in Horticulture, Gurgaon, New Delhi, September 2001
Environmental Workshop on Environment and Energy, Vallam, Thanjavur, November 2001
Has won “Young Scientist Award” instituted by Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment in “Ecovision 2003 – A National Seminar on Current Environmental Issues”
Presented the key paper in “Wasteland Development and Natural Resource Management Seminar” organized by the DRDA Coimbatore. The seminar was modelled on “The Anthiyur Wasteland Development Project”.
Has received“ROTARY INTERNATIONAL AWARD” for Community Development.
Currently doing collaborative research with Waste Management Institute of Cornell University Ithaca, New York, the U.S.A on Organic waste management.
Promoter and Coordinator of “Anthiyur Wasteland Development Project”. This Project is appraised and funded by NABARD.
Few villages of Pollachi and Udumalpet Taluk, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India.
Area: 350 acres
Number and status of participants:
32 farmers who had been unable to continue their traditional farming activity on account of paucity of income, de-gradation of agricultural land and overall break-down of agriculture activity in the whole community.
Commenced in 1999. The developed area lay uncultivated for over 25 years due to poor rain, poor soil, strong winds, saline underground water and heavy incidence of pest and disease
Cropping Pattern: Multidimensional multi-tire cropping systems
Crops introduced: Various varieties of Sapota, Gooseberry, Casuarina, Neem etc.
- Organic farming practices adopted
- Rainwater harvesting – procedures implemented
- Resource sharing – eg: water sharing and pooled civil / land development works
- Collective post-harvest handling and marketing being organized.