Bio manure production, poultry farming, dairy farm; this farmer reaps success from multiple ventures
Prakashan happened to see waste piled up near Sakthan stand in Thrissur when he was returning after selling quail eggs. He approached the corporation authorities to collect the waste. Then the authorities informed that they will pay him Rs 1.5 per kilogram of waste. After 7 years, Prakashan is a successful farmer who pays income tax.
Panjal native Prakashan produces electricity and even cooking gas at his house. Earlier, Prakashan had to return penniless from the Gulf after Kuwait-Iraq war. Now he started cultivation on 130 acres of land. He owns only 5 acres. He took a brick manufacturing area for lease and turned it into a farmland.
After returning from Gulf, Prakashan started business selling his wife’s bangles to buy 100 quails. With the amount earned through sale of quail eggs, he bought a cow. It was then he approached Thrissur corporation to get the waste for producing bio manure using cow dung. He earned Rs 1.5 per kilogram for taking the waste and then sold the bio manure produced from it for Rs 30 per kilogram.
Gradually, the agri-business grew and he has 30 cows now. The bio manure production is progressing. He also produces, Panchagavyam, ghee, butter, curd and other products too. Three types of fish are grown in three ponds. Power produced from solar panels are sold. Bio gas plant also is installed for producing cooking gas.
Quail, chicken, goat, duck and goose are grown on large scale in addition to honeybee farming. Apart from this, there are fodder grass farming in 25-acre land, banana plantation in 25-acre land, indigenous paddy farming in 10 acres, vegetable, spices and tapioca farming. He also manufactures grow bags and maintains flower farming.