Chackochan's farm is a paradise of fruits
The farm of Pallivathukkal Chackochan of Kanjirappally is an orchard which boasts of over 60 fruit trees. The orchard that spreads over one-and-a-half acres gives him fruits all through the year.
Apart from local fruits such as gooseberry, guava, chambakka, black plum (njaval), and jackfruit, he also cultivates rambutan, pulasan, mangosteen, and langsat. There are eight varieties of Java apple (chamba) and many varieties of jack-fruit trees.
Chackochan also grows around 30 medicinal plants in his farm.
To grow fruit trees, he had cut down rubber trees. For the past 30 years, he has been strictly taking up organic farming. "Soil and plants are living beings. They should be protected from poison," says Chackochan.
The langsat trees, which had yielded him plenty of fruits till last month, are the main attraction of his farm. He planted the sapling 60 years ago. Langsat fruit is similar to rambutan which has high demand in Kerala now. But it does not have thorns on the shell. The tree does not any particular care or manure. As they give more fruits if protected from sunlight, langsat trees are suitable for intercropping among rubber trees.
Wife Lillykutty and children Robin, Shibin, and Adv Sabin are giving Chackochan their wholehearted support in his venture.