Musa Haji's farm is a wonderland of sweet plump fruits
Perambra: Musa Haji has built a paradise in his farm. His farm is filled with different varieties of sweet and plump fruits. Musa Haji, a grocery merchant, started the fruit farm alongside his day job.
Sapota, Canistel, Passion fruit, African fruit macadamia, Mangosteen, Jamun Fruit, Custard Apple, varieties of Guava, Miracle fruit, Butter fruit, and Rambutan are amongst the varieties of fruits growing in his farm. The pineapple farm that he started a couple of years back has also flourished.
Musa grows plants in a 2-acre land. He cultivated almost 12,000 pineapples this year. Although he faced several obstacles like flood and lockdown, he has not let go of hope and is striving to move forward. The fall in the price of pineapples has adversely affected farming. Musa Haji said that the import of pineapples from other places has negatively impacted the price of the fruit.
He acquired the legacy of farming from his father. Even though he turned to business, he did not leave behind farming. Musa Haji’s day starts with rubber tapping in the early morning. He had labourers working for him in the beginning, but he took up all the works himself when the prices fell. He spends the rest of his day in his shop located on Kadiyangad bridge. His wife Hajira and his children are very supportive of him and his farm works.