Expat invests in organic farm; gains profit within 4 yrs
An expatriate has proved the effectiveness of organic farming by producing long beans, okra, cucumber, tubers, pineapple, plantain and many crops. Kottayam native Joymon returned from Gulf in 2014 and invested a large share of his assets for developing a 6-acre farm at Kooroppada in Kottayam. Within 4 years, he developed a well-yielding farm by following the strategy of maximum crops in limited space, best maintenance and organic method.
Joymon chooses the hybrid varieties of vegetables for agriculture. He has also tried mixing different crops in the farm like cucumber in between okra and yarm in between plantain. Plastic covering, drip irrigation and fertigation are used in the farm. Cow dung water, pseudomonas mixture and similar organic manures are given through fertigation. The rain water collected in two large ponds is used for irrigation during summer.
Precision farming techniques are applied in growing vegetable, so that they can be harvested five times a year. Nattupoovan, Njalipoovan, Palayamkodan and Nenthran varieties of plantain are cultivated. Joymon uses only organic pesticides and bio disinfectants. To get rid of rats and rodents, their burrows are smoked using chilli. He also grows Holstein Friesian cows. The green grass grown in the farm is used for feeding them. The milk is sold for good price in local level.
A revolving rain shelter system in which grow bag vegetable farming and poultry farming can be maintained in different layers is another creation of Joymon. Vegetables, fruits and tubers are sold for a 20 percent extra price through an export agency. (Phone: 9744681731)