Ivy gourd vines on 3.5 acre land brings fortune for 5-member family in Palakkad
Palakkad: Krishnan C V from Vaniyampara, a full-time farmer, is of the opinion that we can succeed in any type of farming if we are willing to work hard and nurture the plants. The 51-year-old farmer has cultivated ivy gourd on 3.5 acre leased land in Marygiri. He planted 300 vines of ivy gourd in the farm and strictly follows organic method.
Krishnan himself developed seedlings of ivy gourd and planted them in the farm. 60 kilograms of groundnut cake and 40 baskets of cow dung are applied as fertilizer every week. The farm is located at an area where irrigation facilities are available. Ivy gourd can be harvested for upto 6 months.
About 4-5 kilograms of ivy gourd can be collected from a flowerbed per week. Nearly 1.5 tonnes of ivy gourd harvested from Krishnan's farm is taken to markets on a weekly basis. Krishnan, wife Girija and sons Jishnu, Jyothish and Jitheesh together manage harvesting. Sometimes, a few workers were hired for help.
It was a major setback for ivy gourd farmers as their major selling point Thrissur market was closed due to COVID restrictions. Small scale vendors give only low price for the produce. The farmers are paid Rs 25-30 per kilogram whereas market price of ivy gourd is around Rs 50 per kilogram.