Used elephant dung as fertilizer; now this man harvests 500 kg vegetables on alternate days
Alappuzha: CPI leader and Elephant Owners Association president G Krishna Prasad focused on agriculture during the COVID lockdown period as political meetings and events were not allowed due to restrictions. However, his experiment with elephant dung fertilizer proved to be effective and he could get stunning yield from his farm.
Hailing from Kalavoor in Alappuzha, Krishna Prasad cultivates vegetables in the 7 acre land close to his house. He had already started farming in a small area, but expanded it during the lockdown. With the help of farm workers in the farmers community of Kanjikkuzhi Cooperative Bank, he developed a vegetable garden in the land.
Paddy was cultivated in 2.5 acre plot and vegetables like okra, brinjal and snake gourd were planted in rest of the land. Vegetables were planted during lockdown and now they are ready to harvest. About 500 kilograms of vegetables are harvested on alternate days.
The state president of Elephant Owners Association, Krishna Prasad owns five elephants currently. Elephant dung is mainly used as fertilizer. He has also developed an organic liquid fertilizer using elephant dung.
Krishna Prasad's wife Rajitha, SBI bank manager, and daughters Gadha and Meera help him in agriculture. Also their neighbours Babu, Gopan, Ratheesh and Reji are assisting him in farm works.