Dubai returnee turns farmer, proves expats can build a new life in Kerala
Thodupuzha: Are you an expat worried about returning to Kerala after losing your job? There is no need to be anxious about finding a new livelihood in Kerala.
Sabu, a native of Ezhalloor in Thodupuzha has proven that agriculture is the profitable business that expats can try.
After returning from Dubai, Sabu has turned a farmer and scripted history with hard work and dedication. Now, he earns thousands of rupees per day through the cultivation of value-added products.
Sabu was a businessman in Dubai. He returned home to look after his ailing mother. As his father was a farmer, he also decided to try his luck in agriculture.
Examining the expenditure on wage for workers and other things, Sabu planned to execute a different method in his farming. Avoiding the usual crops like vegetables,
Sabu planted red lady Papaya, passion fruit and rare fruit trees in his 2.5-acre land.
He opted these crops after finding that there is no need to depend on workers or spend more time to cultivate it. As these fruits are not seasonal, the farmers can harvest it at any time.
Sabu is nurturing the crops on his farm without depending on others.
Over 1,000 red lady papaya plants are cultivated in his one-acre land. Three varieties of passion fruit are cultivated in his yard and terrace.
Apart from passion fruit, dragon fruit, mangosteen, rambutan, milk fruit and pulasan are the other fruit trees that grow in his farm.
"Kerala Agriculture Development Society (KADS) market in Kochi is the major market for these fruits. I earn an average Rs 50,000 per month through the sale of these fruits," said Sabu.
This farmer also has a fish farm and vegetable farm on his land.
"If returning expats own land and are ready to work hard, they can easily turn agriculture as a profitable business," Sabu appealed to expats.