Bird's eye chilli brings fortune to farmers in Kanamala; 400 kg harvested in initial phase
Kottayam: The pungent taste of bird's eye chilli can make anyone cry, but it has brought happiness to the lives of the farmers in Kanamala here. After the rubber price dropped, the farmers in the eastern side of Erumeli have switched to bird's eye chilli cultivation. Kanamala Service Cooperative Bank procured 400 kilograms of chilli from them at a rate of Rs 250 per kilogram.
The farmers started growing it with the help of Kanamala cooperative bank. Normally, wild animals do not attack bird's eye chilli due to its pungent taste. Compared to other crops, bird's eye chilli need less attention and investment. It can be easily cultivated with other crops and chillies will be ready to harvest within weeks.
The harvested chilli was sold in Thrissur market. Though the market was closed due to COVID outbreak, people from other places keep coming to purchase. Bird's eye chilli has huge demand among exporters and pharmaceutical companies.
Apart from bird's eye chilli cultivation, Kanama cooperative bank also provides assistance for cattle farmers, fish farmers and beekeepers. The bank grants Rs 15,000 at low interest rate for the farmers to buy calves. If the farmers could not sell them, the bank will buy them at Rs 300 per kilogram.
Rs 10,000 is granted for fish pond on minimum one cent land. Giant gourami fish is cultivated in the scheme. The bank will also procure the fish at Rs 300 per kilogram. Assistance for beekeeping is provided through honey clubs. Honey will be procured for Rs 200 per kilogram (not litre).