BTech graduate experiments in hi-tech farming, proves successful
Alathur (Palakkad): In an experimental move, a youth is following a new passion that has no connection with his qualification or profession.
Alathur native Ramshad Basheer is a programme coordinator, graduated in Electrical and Electronics Engineering but is now a successful hi-tech farmer. But his favourite hobby is cycling.
Though Ramshad is not an experienced farmer or farm owner, he has a different view about farming. He used to cultivate banana, fish and poultry during his school days. His father Basheer, mother Saboora, siblings Nishad, Rishad and Ramseena also support him well.
Experiments in farming
Ramshad is interested in hi-tech farming methods. In his opinion, hi-tech farming is an experiment as it requires a large investment and it takes time to start getting profit. He started with aquaponics. As this needs a huge amount, the BTech graduate made the plant and tank all by himself.
As the fish grew in the tank, the water and excreta of fish were utilised for vegetable cultivation. Though he did not get a huge profit, it was a good experience for him. Then he experimented with organic vegetable cultivation and got a good yield from bitter gourd, okra and brinjal farming.
Alathur agricultural officer MV Rashmi gave him guidelines about agriculture. Now Ramshad experiments by growing local goat breeds and black chicken. He built the cage for poultry and goats all by himself. The cage was secured with net so that the hens can walk freely inside.
Ramshad plans to grow vegetable plants on the net and to convert it into a green house. Black chicken meat and egg have medicinal properties. So, he is trying to sell it. The chicken are fed with mulberry and azolla cultivated in the farm and papaya leaves also along with chicken feed.