Alappuzha farmer harvests 500 kg shallot from 50-cent sandy plot
Alappuzha: Young farmer has proved that shallot can be successfully cultivated in sand soil. S P Sujith from Cheruvaranam leased 50 cents of land near Mathilakam in Cherthala. He sowed 36 kilograms of shallot seed and ended up harvesting 500 kilograms of shallot.
Till the soil and add cow dung powder, chicken manure and leaves compost as base fertilizer. The flowerbed should be watered for two weeks to reduce temperature. Then seeds can be sown in a way the shallot is visible on the surface and the root is placed below the soil.
Fully grown dried shallot bought from market can be planted. Ensure moisture in the flowerbed through regular irrigation for 50 days. Watering should be reduced as shallots grow. Otherwise, they will perish easily. It can be harvested in 65-70 days.
Spinach as intercrop
Spinach planted in shallot field will flourish. It can be harvested in 25-30 days. Then shallots will grow well.
Price Rs 60
Sujith sells shallot with leaves for Rs 60. He also gifted 500 grams of shallot to his friends who encouraged his venture through social media.
Sujith said that shallot is profitable compared to other vegetables. It is rarely affected by pests. Now he is planning to expand farming to 1.5 acre land too.