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Kerala Bishops' center wins green awards

Jan. 21, 2014

The headquarters of Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC) has bagged first prize for both flower garden and horticulture sections in the Cochin Flower Show this year, successfully implementing the Church's green policy.

The Ernakulum District Agri-horticultre Society at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Ernakulum organized the January 9–15 show.

The Second place in the flower garden section went to Kochi International Airport and third place to Rajagiri Engineering Collage run by Carmelites of Mary Immaculate priests.

The compound of Pastoral Orientation Centre, which houses the KCBC offices, has been implementing the green policy of the Kerala Church in the past years, said Father Stephen Alathara, KCBC deputy secretary general in a press release.

The centre got second and third price in 2012 and 2013 in flower garden but this is the first time they got first prize for both, he said.

Horticultural society has chosen the centre’s garden for different studies since it has variety of flowers, fruits and vegetables, the release said.

The four acres of vegetable garden in the centre produces chemical-free vegetables and fruits round the year.

The centre grows cabbage, cauliflower, beans, cassava and different kinds of plantains all throughout the year, it said.

The centre has also initiated a “zero-waste” policy and all the waste is turned into organic fertilizer. It uses biogas produced from the waste for cooking purposes of the centre, it said.

Source: UCAN

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