Coconut plantation turned into marigold farm; brings fortune during COVID times
Chittur (Palakkad): Peruvemba native Chandran and Ajayan were planning to turn their 9-acre coconut plantation into a vegetable farm as they failed to get a decent income from it. It was then the agriculture officer in the place asked them if they could try cultivating marigold which is locally known as 'Chendumalli'. As flower farming was uncommon in Peruvemba, the duo decided to give it a try.
Thus Chandran and Ajayan cultivated marigold in one acre land on trial basis and they got stunning yield during the COVID times. All the harvested flowers were sold without any delay. They grew orange and yellow varieties of marigold. Chandran said that they have already sold 3 tonnes of flowers.
The COVID restrictions benefitted the duo as the arrival of flowers from Tamil Nadu stopped. All the flowers bloomed in their garden were sold shortly. First, they used to sell flowers to temples and wedding auditoriums. However, the lockdown closed these opportunities. But Chandran and Ajayan are not affected with this.
As the initial attempt was successful, the farmer friends are going to expand marigold farming to 5 acres. They planted high-yielding variety of marigold purchased from Bengaluru. Agriculture officer Arun also helps them with guidance. Panchayat president Sasikala also said that the agriculture department and the panchayat will offer them all support.