This doctor is busy treating her vegetable plants during lockdown
Though Dr Maithreyi Raveendran, a leading gynaecologist in Idukki district, is not going to hospital during the COVID lockdown. She is busy taking care of her 'green patients' including bitter gourd, cabbage and snake gourd. A retired government medical officer, Dr Maithreyi decided to stay at home during lockdown considering her age. But she happily took up the idea of starting a vegetable garden initiated by the Haritha Keralam Mission.
As part of the move, the doctor cultivated different varieties of vegetables in the 25-cent house plot in Thodupuzha town. She gives equal importance to her 50 year long medical career and agriculture. In her opinion, good yield is assured, if we give a passionate approach to farming. Planting saplings in sacks will give better yield, she said. The food waste and biodegradable waste from house is used as fertilizer.
Only onion, shallots and a few veggies are bought from market in the doctor's house. Apart from producing fruits and vegetables, she also manages to process them for increasing shelf life. She has preserved tender jackfruit, mango, jackfruit seed and even drumsticks so that they can be used upto one year. Her preserved vegetable collection is sufficient to meet the household requirements for 1-2 years, even if a food scarcity occurred due to COVID lockdown.