Areekode (Malappuram): Offering a visual treat to those who have never flown abroad, a date palm orchard is seen on the banks of Chaliyar river. The fruit bearing date palms have adorned the orchard in front of Pumpkin Restaurant in the heart of Areekode in Malappuram.
Though the locals are familiar with the fruits and foods of Arab countries, they had never seen a date palm in person. The 13 date palms were planted when the hotel started functioning two years ago. They were brought in large containers from Rajasthan.
Huge pits were buried on the ground for planting the date palms. Also bone manure and cow dung powder were filled in the pits as base fertilizers. There were no hopes of fruit yield, said one of hotel managers and Hotel and Restaurant Association district secretary Jolly Sajeer.
All the date palms bore fruit two months ago. About 30 bunches of dates yielded on the ten date palms. But the fruit bunches on three palms dried up soon. When the date palm farming experts were contacted, they examined the orchard and said the dried up palms were males.
As no artificial pollination was performed, yield was very low and even the remaining fruits dried up. In order to overcome this situation, artificial pollination will be performed with the help of experts, Sajeer said.