Lockdown no bar; Manoharan is busy farming fish, guiding other farmers
At a time when the state is stuck during the coronavirus lockdown, Thiruvananthapuram Tholicode native R Manoharan Nair is busy with his fish farming. He spends all day on the banks of the fish ponds and farm.
Manoharan started fish farming 17 years ago in ponds on the compound of his house. Now he is active with fish farming and related works in many panchayats including Tholicode, Vithura, Peringamala, Aryanad, Anad and Uzhamalakkal.
Manoharan visits schools, police stations and tribal colonies to give training in agriculture and guidelines. He is also a fish farming promoter of the State Fisheries Department. Fish farming under his supervision has started in over 200 ponds at various panchayats.
Manoharan also manages ATMA Farm for students and farming in tarpaulin for Kudumbashree units. Pangasius, Katla, Rohu, Tilapia and freshwater prawns are mainly cultivated. Best varieties of juvenile fish are brought from Alappuzha.
Apart from fish farming, Manoharan promotes the dwarf coconut tree variety that can be harvested within 30 months. He distributes saplings of the dwarf coconut tree to students for free. He was selected the best farmer of the panchayat multiple times. Passionate about farming, Manoharan is ready to teach the new generation about farming.