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Peermade Development Society (PDS)

Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)

May they have life,

and have it abundantly.

John 10.10

Peermade Development Society (PDS) is a registered non-governmental organisation in Peermade, Kerala, founded in 1980.

PDS is known for its work in the sustainable development of the rural population living in poverty, tribal communities, marginalised small farmers, women and children through developing various indigenous, community based and people participatory developmental programs. Highly experienced and qualified professionals spearhead its large operations across 18 departments. 


Mar Mathew Arackal

Bishop Emeritus


Kerala, India




Peermade Development Society 

‘Life in its fullness’ as his episcopal motto, Bishop Mar Mathew Arackal was ordained in 1971. He is the founder, visionary leader and driving force of Peermade Development Society as well as other initiatives and organisations.


He established the first Labour contractors’ Co-operative Society in Kerala. He founded Peermade Development Society (PDS) in1980 and served as its Executive Director till 2001. To empower women, he formed Kallivayalil Pappan Memorial Charitable Trust (KPMC Trust)  for skill training. He founded the High Range Medical Centre (HRMC), Sahyadri Ayurveda Pharmaceuticals with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification and two Residential Training Centres with research and lab facilities in bio-technology and eco-farming towards rural development.


He organised the farmers of Peermade and Udumbenchola Taluk under organic farming initiative. To process their produce and generate income for them, he opened two factories, that were set up to European Union standards - one for organic spices and other for organic tea. He was the Secretary to the Red Cross society in Idukki district. He served as the Bishop of Kanjirapally for over 2 decades till early 2020. PDS aside, his contributions and initiatives for the development of the community, through other avenues, organisations and the diocese have been innumerable.


Bishop Emeritus Mar Mathew Arackal continues to be the guiding beacon for PDS and several other initiatives, serving the community and transforming many lives. 


Training and Human Resource Development

Agriculture and Animal Husbandry

Eco-restoration, Organic Farming

Integrated Watershed Development

Applied Research, Documentation and Rural Innovation

Rural and Appropriate Technology Programme

Community Health Development

Women Development, Rural Credit and Income Generation Programme

Ayurvedic and Traditional Medicines

Housing and Social Welfare

Tribal Development

Vocational Training and Small Scale Industries


Innovators Technology Development Centre

Micro Enterprise Development

Organic Pest and Disease Management & Research Department

Natural Resource Management Department

Export Department

Focus areas 

Research & Development 

Organic farming

Natural resource management

Watershed development

Renewable energy

Climate change mitigation 

Food security

Micro finance

Skill development

Entrepreneurship development

Technology development and dissemination

Formation of micro level organisations

Community health

Waste management.  

Units of PDS



The Center for

Land to Lab Initiative CLLI








Hospital & Pharmacy

Treatment Centre & Retreat

Vocational training centre




A significant achievement is that all the programs of PDS are implemented only through their micro organisations in the villages. 


PDS has mobilised 1945 self-help groups, 740 joint liability groups and a few Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs).

National & International Recognitions

PDS' meticulous approach and dedication to its projects have attracted support from many national and international agencies as well as several ministries and departments of Central and State Governments of India. It runs developmental programs for UNDP, UNESCO, FAO, BMZ, GIZ, Positive Planet, and Karl Kubel Foundation.


PDS is the Centre of Excellence and nodal agency for Ministry of Science and Technology of Indian Government and conducts many research programs. Department of Scientific & Industrial Research of Government of India has recognised PDS as a Scientific research organisation.  PDS is the first NGO in Asia to be awarded the Benefit Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for food and agriculture for Food Security Programs. 


PDS is the national collaborator for National Innovation Foundation of Govt. of India.  Ministry of Rural Development has recognized PDS as its Technology Resource Centre. PDS is the first NGO in Kerala to be awarded Tribal Development Fund from National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and is the only non-official member of its Project approval committee. PDS is recognised for its scientific pursuit and is bestowed with the responsibility of organising the Kerala Science Congress by STEC, state government of Kerala.

PDS has almost 3000 small organic spice and tea farmers in Farmers’ consortiums and is the largest exporters of organic spices in India.


PDS also owns and operates an Organic tea factory and a large portion of its produce is exported for its quality.

Peermade Development Society has launched a ‘Start Up Project’ (incubator) for converting grassroots innovation from informal sectors into rural enterprises. Department of Science and Technology under its i-STED (Innovation –Science, Technology Enterprise Development) has given a financial grant for converting grassroots innovation into rural enterprises. Under this program, rural entrepreneurs in the remote hilly areas are identified and trained in starting enterprises based on the grassroots innovations.


PDS also works closely with Khadi board and Kerala state backward and minorities Commission.  Has good skill development infra structure. 

PDS has excellent research facilities for soil and leaves analysis, microbiology laboratories, mushroom production, tissue culture laboratory, quality testing and evaluation for spices and Ayurveda medicine, through all stages of production.

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