Siblings turn court yard into farmland to produce fresh paddy
Ernakulam: Siblings and students Jose and Merin are trying to prove their excellence not only in academics, but in agriculture too. They have converted their court yard into a small paddy field due to the passion for cultivation.
Jose and Merin, children of Karukutty native Joseph Johnson and Jaisy, also have strong support from their parents. Jose is an MSW student in Rajagiri College of Social Science and Merin is Biotechnology engineering student in Sahridaya College.
During the boring days of COVID lockdown, the siblings used their leisure time productively. They cultivated 'Uma' variety of paddy. Johnson is running rice business and used his contacts to arrange saplings of this paddy variety.
First they made a bund using hollow bricks and spread tarpaulin sheet in the middle. Slush was deposited in this and it was converted into an artificial field by puddling water in it for 3 days.
Jose and Merin said that paddy can be easily cultivated in court yard or terrace, if there is facility to puddle water and then release it. With this, we can produce organic and fresh paddy for household, the siblings added.