We have invested considerable resources in Ooty, which is part of the Nilgiris where horticulture is the dominant activity and produce from Ooty has always commanded a better value. We disseminate knowledge to partner farmers and best practices sharing has benefited the farmers in not only increasing their yield per acre through optimum utilization of resources, but has increased the number of crop cycles on the land considerably, reaping richer harvest.
The company engages hundreds of farmers as aprt of its community farming initiative. At LEAF, there are only selected crops which are being offered to the farmers under contract farming that include carrots, potatoes, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower and strawberries. The crops used for community farming is hand-picked and packed with international standards to ensure freshness, every time, with the right level of maturity for that right degree of taste and crunch.
The company constantly strives to provide consistent supply to its high-volume customers utilizing a standardized and unique cultivation and processing mode. High volume vegetables which are normally harvested in 100 day cycles are planted in accordance with long term order, consistently yielding high quality product at predefined delivery periods. The key to the success of fresh produce export & domestic operations is the post-harvest management; and it is here that the company has invested heavily in setting up a state-of-the-art pack-house with Cold Storage to ensure that the product is maintained at the right temperature to retain the quality. In addition to the 24 x 7 support to the farmers through an extension services team, the company is also committed to social responsibility to benefit the local community.
A major philosophy of organic production is managing crop production as a system with many interrelated complementary factors, which is why as producers we have an Organic Systems Plan (OSP) addressing multiple areas of production.
Green Houses, which are climate controlled structures, are employed for growing high quality saplings. This has many advantages the majority being off-season growing of vegetables, planting material acclimatization, fruit crop growing for domestic market and plant breeding and varietals improvement.