Forest dept staff grows curry leaf plants in organic method, gives saplings for free
Chakkarakallu (Kannur): In an attempt to produce pesticide-free fresh curry leaves, Kudukkimetta native G Manoj is cultivating the plant in his farm. The curry leaves cultivated in other states are mostly contaminated and these are brought to the markets in Kerala mostly. Manoj intends to bring a change to this unhealthy trend.
Curry leaf plants were cultivated in a 10-cent land in Kudukkimetta. About 200 saplings brought from Tamil Nadu were grown in purely organic method for nearly one year. All the leaves collected from the first harvest was given to 200 families for free. Also, Manoj offered saplings to many people free of cost. The harvest was held adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
Manoj has been active in biodiversity conservation activities for many years. He is also nurturing a bamboo grove in one acre land in Mattannur. Top quality bamboo saplings purchased from Kerala Forest Research Institute in Peechi are cultivated here. He used the barren land to produce an edible item which is not familiar to many.
Apart from this, he also grows many herbal plants in his compound. In order to share information about medicinal plants, Manoj also handles a blog under the name 'Papanasini'. He handles this without expecting any earnings through advertisement. Over 5 lakh people are reading the blog.
A forest department employee, Manoj manages the farm during his leisure time in morning and evening. His wife Ramya also is a government employee. With his hard work, Manoj had received second prize in the vegetable farming competition in COVID times conducted by Haritha Keralam Mission in Kannur.
Pazhassi Eco Tourism and Rural Development Society (PETARDS) functioning under his leadership has arranged a market for locally produced crops. Only the produce directly collected from farmers are sold here. For more details, contact at: 9495615355.