Vetiver cultivation may soon reach Afghanistan from Malappuram.
A five-member team from Afghanistan which visited Malappuram on Saturday was apparently impressed by the way the district administration had used vetiver to control soil erosion in different parts of the district.
The team visited parts of Nilambur and a vegetable garden maintained by District Collector M.C. Mohandas at his camp office here.
District administration officials said the team reached Malappuram as part of its country-wide visit to learn the methods of agricultural development adopted by India.
Afghan authorities are reportedly on a mission to replace opium cultivation with various other crops.
Mr. Mohandas showed the team the fruit trees and vegetable plants cultivated at his camp office. The garden maintained by the Collector was in news not only for its novelty but also for the various fruits and vegetables grown.
Mr. Mohandas grows different varieties of plantains and vegetables in his camp office, which is virtually a green mansion within Malappuram town.