It's time for organic curry leaf harvest in Alathur
Alathur: The fully organic curry leaf farm at Padur will see its first harvest on Saturday. The one-acre stretch of fully organic field is modelled along the lines of the Karamala curry leaf farms in Coimbatore.
Prominent farmer from Padur, Mechodu C Gopalakrishnan, is getting ready for the first harvest of his curry leaf farm after a whole year of tending to the plants. Unlike the Coimbatore farms, he uses only cow dung and cow urine as manure. As many as 2000 of the 3000 saplings he planted last year have grown into full plants and can be harvested every three months from now on.
He also said that one plant can yield for 25 years if it is well cared for. An acre will yield a tonne of produce and may fetch anywhere between Rs 12,000 to 18,000. Gopalakrishnan, an MBA graduate, is a novice to farming with just six years of experience having been a company manager in the Gulf for the last 33 years. He was also part of the Athma programme of the Agriculture Department and toured extensively gathering information on farming practices.
He is farming paddy on 18 acres and rubber on 15 acres, besides 2,000 plants of plantain and pineapple on his ancestral land. He also has a dairy farm with 16 hybrids and 10 Vechur cows among other animals and birds. While the hay from the paddy feeds the cows, the cow urine and dung fertilise the farms.
Gopalakrishnan can be reached at 9895431835.