Giant purple yam 7 ft long and weighing 100 kg pulls crowd in Ranni
Ranni (Pathanamthitta): A giant purple yam (Kachil in Malayalam) harvested from the farm of Pulloopram native Reji Joseph is pulling crowd with its enormous size. The seven-feet long purple yam weighs about 100 kg. Reji also harvested a 50 kg purple yam along with this.
Reji is farming in a 50 cent plot taken for lease near Poovanmala. He struggled hard to dig out the purple yam without breaking it.
The soil around the yam was dug for more than 8 feet depth and a total of seven people took the yam out of the ground. The yam was tied onto tree branches in order to prevent it from breaking into pieces. Even after these efforts, an end portion of the yam broke.
Reji has been cultivating various tuber crops like ‘Neelakachil’, ‘Peruvalathin Kachil’, cassava, turmeric, ginger and other crops in completely organic method. He digs deep holes and fill it with banana stem and coconut husk before planting. The special organic method is the secret of his success.
Reji had earlier harvested a purple yam weighing more than this one, but this is the longest one ever produced in his farm. He had also set records by harvesting a single cassava weighing 130 kg, 28-inch long okra and 7.8 feet long taro. The okra and taro had entered the Limca Book of Records.
Reji started trying different farming methods due to his passion for agriculture. His crops are often crowd-pullers at exhibitions. The major threat for farming is the wild boar attack. Reji manages to get rid of wild boars by making fences and guarding the farm at night. He said that he is struggling to go ahead with farming due to wild boar menace.