Couple cultivates paddy in plastic bottles on terrace; manages vegetable, fish, honeybee farming too
Kottayam: A couple has set a unique model by cultivating paddy on their house terrace. Melukavu native Titus Sam Joseph, Pala KSRTC station master, and his wife Celine, senior tutor at Muttom Polytechnic College experimented with rooftop paddy farming during the COVID times.
The couple started cultivation in used mineral water bottles. 175 such bottles were cut horizontally and filled with water to plant paddy seeds. Cow dung solution was used as fertilizer in the initial phase. No pesticide is used. Now all the plants are ready for harvest, said Titus.
When many people came forward to cultivate vegetables and other crops, paddy farmers were very few in number. With this, we decided to try paddy cultivation, Titus said. Apart from this, the couple also maintains fish farming in a tarpaulin pond and vegetable garden on the rooftop.
Titus has plans to build a tank on top of the temporary shed close to their house and start growing fish in it. Apart from paddy farming, the couple also cultivates long beans, ivy gourd, okra, brinjal, ridge gourd and passion fruit. They manage ornamental fish farming and stingless beekeeping too.