2 youths start farming knowing no basics; end up making profit even during lockdown
Palakkad: Without knowing the basics of agriculture, two youngsters started farming and successfully survived during the lockdown period when even the experienced farmers failed. Azarudheen and Shereef hailing from Mannayamkadu near Athicode in Palakkad decided to give a try in farming as they could not get a job after completing graduation.
Both of them had no idea regarding cultivation and thus agriculture officer Arun guided them. Azarudheen and Shereef cultivated vegetables in 3 acre land and paddy in 5 acre land. Okra, brinjal, snake gourd, bitter gourd, spinach, chilli and pumpkin and other crops were grown in purely organic way. The farm fresh produce were sold in the markets in Koduvayur and Palakkad.
"We used to get fair price from the market and the fresh crops had huge demand there. But after COVID lockdown was imposed, market turned dull. We were ignored by merchants and did not get a decent price. We started facing loss," the young farmers said.
However, the duo were not willing to give up. They changed the mode of marketing and started door-to-door sale in the houses in Chittur-Polpully area every morning. With this, housewives started buying fresh vegetables regularly and all the produce were sold instantly.
Azarudheen and Shereef also sold vegetables to the small scale vendors. Gradually, the sales improved and they started getting profit. The young farmers are excited to share their success story during the lockdown. Though they lacked experience, both could succeed in the venture with hard work.