Keralite grows grapes in Sharjah; proves farming possible even in desert land
A Malayali man has created an oasis in the desert land of Sharjah challenging hot climate. Sudheesh Guruvayur never gets tried of farming experiments and this time he cultivated grapes in front of his house in Sharjah. Sudheesh and family planted black and green grape vines in front of the house and have been nurturing them for over 18 months.
The grape vines were brought from Fujairah. Regular maintenance is essential for grape plants. Cow dung powder, goat manure and compost are good for plant growth. The branches should be pruned from time to time as it helps boost yield. As the weather is too hot in Sharjah, more water should be poured on the root and ice cubes should be placed on the plant.
Fish amino acid made of sardine, jaggery and papaya sap can be sprinkled at the leaves of grape vine to increase fruit production. The vine grows upto four meters. Many people keep coming to Sudheesh's house to see the bunches of grapes. The trellis has to be made stronger as the vines grow.
Winner of state award for best expat farmer, Sudheesh has been trying farming at Sharjah for many years. He cultivates paddy, spinach, tomato, drumstick, okra, green chilli and other crops around the house grows and fowls like duck and chicken. Sudheesh has also received Limca Book of Record and Guinness Record. His wife Ragi and children Sreyas and Sradha also support him in his venture.