12 kg harvest per day from 2.5 cent plot; Vigilance SI reaps success in rain shelter farming
Kozhikode: A Vigilance Sub-Inspector has proved that we can cultivate crops an entire year through rain shelter farming. Kozhikode Moozhikkal Native Premanandan, who is also an active farmer for the past 8 years, harvests about 12 kg vegetables from his 2.5-cent plot every day. He does not buy the vegetables for household purposes. In addition to vegetable farming, he also grows cows of Kasaragod dwarf, Vechoor and Kapila varieties.
About 10 varieties of vegetables such as tomato, okra, long beans, brinjal, bitter gourd, amaranths, chilli and scarlet gourd. Four different types of amaranths are growing here. Besides, he maintains ginger farming in 130 grow bags on top of the compound wall and bush black pepper cultivation. About 100 pepper bunches are harvested from the bush pepper.
Premanandan follows only organic farming method. The cow dung and urine are used as fertilizers for the plants. his wife Reena also helps in the farm works. Premanandan spends one hour each in morning and evening in the farm. For him, farming is a way to get rid of the stress and boredom during the job. With the help of the officers in Krishi Bhavan, he plans to expand his farm. His children Athul and Anand are BTech students.