Little farmers who made kitchen gardens honoured by Agri Dept
Kumarakom: The Department of Agriculture is encouraging the new generation to love farming. As part of this, the government has honoured the little farmers who contribute to agriculture with their home gardens.
The department recognized the efforts of Vishnu Rajesh, a class 7 student of Kiliroor SNDP HSS, and Amalu T Sinoy, a class 7 student of Kumarakom SKM HSS. Apart from them, Kumarakom native Muraleedharan and Thiruvarppu native Rajmohan Kaimal were also honoured.
Amalu started cultivating vegetables at her house as inspired by the Haritha Sena at her school. When schools were closed during the lockdown, Amalu sought help of her mother to grow the plants in her house compound.
Potato, Chinese potato, turmeric, yam, green chilli, long beans, coriander, beetroot and other crops flourish in her garden. Teachers P T Anandan, Indu and Abhilash brought Amalu’s garden to the attention of the agriculture department officials. Amalu is daughter of Sinoy and Aswathi.
Vishnu Rajesh made his vegetable garden after his neighbour refused to give him seeds of bird’s eye chilli. With this, he started growing crops seeking help of his parents. Bird’s eye chilli, fennel seeds and potato are growing in his little farm.
Vishnu plants saplings in bamboo pots made by himself. He also sells rambutan saplings. Many people approach him for vegetable seeds and bamboo pots. Vishnu is son of Thiruvarppu native Rajesh and Sreejamol.