Lawyer grows bamboos in farm to resist drought, soil erosion, summer heat
Wayanad: A lawyer by profession, Sajimon is passionate about farming. But he is mainly cultivating rare varieties of bamboo. His residence at Kappiset here is the favourite destination of nature lovers and researchers. Along with other crops, bamboos also flourish on his 1-acre land.
Saji said that he started growing bamboos for resisting drought and soil erosion years ago. Bamboo was first planted in his farm on an Environmental Day. Later, he expanded bamboo farming and planted different varieties. Guadua , strictus, augur, arnemica and bulimia are some of the bamboo varieties growing in Saji's garden.
As bamboos can survive any climate conditions, it was easier to grow. Bamboo need to be taken care of for only one year after planting. If they survive the first summer, bamboos will flourish. Saji's wife Swapna and children Adhin and Midhun also help him to take care of the farm and plants.
A canal is flowing through one portion of Saji's property. Soil erosion is a major challenge in this area during monsoon. So, the bamboos were planted to solve this problem naturally. Saji said that many people come to buy value added products using bamboo. He has plans to expand bamboo farming to more places.
As Saji's village is close to Karnataka border, intense summer heat always troubled them. But after planting bamboos in the farm, heat declined a lot and there is a coolness even during summer, Saji and family said. Saji has been working as a lawyer in Bathery court for the last 20 years.