Sajeev reaps rich harvest; distributes vegetables for free
Vembayam: Sajeev of Revathy Bhavan in Mannayam has reaped a rich harvest through sheer hard work. Sajeev, who loves agriculture more than anything else in life, is making a difference by freely distributing the vegetables he has grown. He has planted vegetables and fruit trees in his 20 cents of land. Moreover, this public activist has utilised every inch of land surrounding his house to cultivate various types of vegetables.
Sajeev spends the remaining time after public work in his farm. Tomatoes and bitter gourd are grown on the terrace of his house. Bitter gourd, snake gourd, beans, cucumber, ginger, ladies finger, spinach and green chilli are cultivated by Sajeev and the needs of each household in the village are met.
'Anakkomban' and 'Maravenda' are the two varieties of ladies finger grown in his house.
The vegetables grown in his house and terrace are freely distributed to locals as Sajeev's principle is that people should eat poison-free vegetables.
Sajeev starts work in his farm from 6 am onwards.When snails attack tomatoes and beans, he has to forsake sleep to put salt to keep the snails away.
Sajeev uses organic manure only.
He also used cow urine to deal with insects. He has been into upland cultivation of paddy in house for the past four years. Locals seek Sajeev's help in getting paddy for using in 'Para' during festivals and other functions.
Sajeev says the reason for taking up paddy cultivation is to make the children know the process behind the making of rice.
Though he has been into farming for many years, he has not received any help from the Krishi Bhavan or Panchayat. His wife Anuja is an officer at the water authority. His children Athira and Athul and neighbour Reeja help him in the cultivation. Sajeev has become a role model to a society that has forsook agriculture.