Cultivate vegetables all year in rain shelter
In Kerala's unique climate, producing vegetables all the year is a difficult thing to do. Heavy rains pose threat to vegetable cultivation. Here is a solution for that: the rain shelter!
Moreover, the rain shelter helps in better agricultural production as the temperature is higher by two to six degree Celsius. The plants give yield sooner, too. Besides, pest attack is zero.
The rain shelter can be prepared using available things such as bamboo. Firstly, make a tent after bending bamboo or GI pipe. Transparent poly-ethylene sheets are used for covering. The sheets should be just 200 micron thick. The shelter should be two metres high in the middle and one metre high on the sides.
The rain shelter effectively prevents ultra violet rays, and adjusts heat and humidity. Even if only the top of the shelter is covered, the temperature inside the shelter will rise by two to four degree Celsius. When the sides are also covered using nets to keep away pests, the temperature will increase by six degree Celsius.
'Rain shelter farming' on one and a half cents of land will yield vegetables for a family for one whole year. Cucumber, tomato, ladies finger, all can be cultivated in the rain shelter. High cost and complicated technology are usually hindrances in high-tech farming, the rain shelter has no such troubles.