Inspired by Kerala’s centuries old trade when ships arrived on its shores from
Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, Rome, Africa and Arabia laden with gold to exchange
the precious metal for Kerala’s home grown herbs and spices, Sumesh Mohan
has endeavoured to launch Crop 9.
The fascinating land of Kerala has preserved its glorious history dating back to
several millennia found in the Stone Age carvings in the Edakkal caves. This
indicates that a flourishing prehistoric civilisation or settlement going back to
over 5000 B.C. had made its presence by then. Formerly known as Chera Nadu,
and now famous as Kerala since 1956, this coastal region of Malabar had
become a major spice trade centre around 3000 BC. The word Kerala is first
recorded as Keralaputra in a 3rd-century BC rock inscription left by the Maurya
emperor Ashoka the great (274–237 BC).