Farmer successfully harvests corn grown as intercrop, now ready for Onam sales
Anchal (Kollam): A farmer has reaped gold from corn farming after intercropping it with rubber. Kollam Anchal native Biju intercropped corn on seeing the plant flourishing in Tamil Nadu. He could start harvesting after 80 days of planting.
Biju decided to grow corn on a trial basis only. Corn grows well in any climate. Only cow dung powder is used as fertilizer. The harvested corn is dried under the sun without removing the leaves. Later, the leaves are removed and corn is ground at a mill. The corn flour made by grinding the whole grain is packed and sold in households nearby.
Many people regularly buy corn flour made from whole grain as it is nutritious and delicious. They use it for making chapati, puttu and other snacks. The leaves of corn are used as fodder. Biju has proved that corn is a profitable intercrop that can be cultivated at low cost.
Apart from corn, Biju also cultivates other crops like ginger, purple yam, elephant foot yam, potato, pumpkin, onion, tomato, black gram and vegetables. He only uses organic fertilizers for the crops.