Alappuzha woman cultivates tubers in house compound, harvests 5.5-ft-long tapioca
Alappuzha: A large tapioca was harvested from the farm of a woman farmer in Mavelikkara here is pulling crowd. The 5.5-feet-long tapioca yielded in the farm of Pallarimangalam native Santhi G Geetha.
Agricultural experts said that though larger tubers grow in hill ranges, giant tapioca grows rarely in Onattukara area. Earlier, tapioca with a length of 4.5 feet and 5 feet were harvested from here. The largest of all is the newly harvested one which is 5.5 feet long and weighs 6.5 kilograms.
Santhi G Geetha said that she used only organic fertilisers like goat manure, chicken manure and bone manure. She cultivated tapioca in 400 flowerbeds and also purple yam, elephant foot yam, turmeric and taro. As all crops gave good yield, she is planning to continue farming.
Santhi was running a medical store earlier. However, she closed the shop in order to look after her aged parents. With this, she also started farming in the compound. Spinach, brinjal, okra, pumpkin, long beans and other vegetables also are cultivated in the farm.