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Certified Organic Agriculture
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The fragrance of the himalayas
Since 1989, PRIMAVERA has been actively conducting the Nepalese agricultural project Shambhala, in the southern fertile plains around Terai. Close to Biratnagar, certified organic grasses and herbs are cultivated for PRIMAVERA, including basil, tulsi, lemongrass, palmarosa and citronella.
In Nepal, over ninety percent of the population relies on agriculture to make a living. But the Nepalese environment is threatened by unsustainable land use. Since 1960, woodlands have been reduced by forty to fifty percent. Organic cultivation is important for sustaining Nepal’s agricultural traditions, protecting the land and water from further degradation by pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Additionally, organic farming plays an important role in supporting the farmers’ economic situation. In Nepal’s mountain region, in the villages of Masting, Kapti and Hulak, more than 100 people harvest and distill “high mountain oils” for PRIMAVERA.
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„Many of Nepal’s traditional medicinal plants are endangered nowadays. Supporting the sustainable cultivation of indigenous plants is therefore a significant contribution to the country’s ecological and economical health."
Ioanna MantzoukiPurchasing Manager
Lemongrass grows on steep scopes and stabilizes the ground with its roots. When harvested, it is simply cut off, in order to sustainably protect the ground from erosion. Our lemongrass is harvested by hand as part of PRIMAVERA’s collaboration with BIO BHUTAN and is distilled on-site in small, transportable distilleries.
Also known as the “holy basel of India”, the ancient Tulsi herb is said to be one of India’s holiest plants. Similar to the European Basel, Tulsi essential oil is often applied to relieve anxiety, lighten the heart and lift the spirits.