Even at 74, this man from Kozhikode is never tired of farming
Kozhikode: Even at 74, Meppayyur native Gopalan does not like to sit idle at home. He is active with fish farming, poultry farming and nursery maintenance in his compound. He grows fish at a pond near his house. Catla, Gourami, Gift Tilapia and many types of fish are cultivated here.
About 2,000 juvenile fish are grown every season. After taking the fish for household uses, he sells the remaining ones. He also grows ornamental fish in a tank built in his compound. Rabbit, pigeon, chicken, ornamental birds and fish are grown separately.
In addition to this, Gopalan also prepares 4,000 coconut saplings and sells them. He collects seeds from different places and then prepares saplings. Dwarf coconut, Varada and Kuttiyady varieties of coconut saplings are available. Apart from this, he also cultivates vegetables, ginger, tapioca, turmeric, yam and taro as intercrops. He has been cultivating finger millet in 10-cent plot for many years.
Gopalan follows organic method farming and uses only organic manures like chicken manure, cow dung and vermicompost. As he rears cows at home, cow dung is available in plenty. Over 150 coconut trees and banana plants are grown in 2-acre land. Paddy farming, fodder grass farming, black pepper and betel leaves cultivation are also managed by this septuagenarian farmer.
Gopalan's farm was selected as the best mixed farm as part of ATMA project in Melady block. Gopalan has been engaged in farming from a very early age as he started helping his father who was also a farmer. Though he went abroad for about 20 years, he returned to farming later. His family also support him in agriculture.