Meet this lady who earns Rs 30,000 through gardening on 3-cent land
Availability of space is a challenge when we decide to start farming. But Ernakulam Edathala native Sumi Shyamraj has proven that one can earn upto Rs 30,000 from mere 3 cents of land. Though she had to sit idle during the initial days of lockdown, she soon started cultivating ornamental plants on the house terrace and reaped success in no time.
The 32-year-old found her luck in the flowering plant 'Episcia' which is the current trend in gardens. When Begonia, Fittonia and money plant varieties were gaining attention, Sumi introduced Episcia through online platforms. Facebook is her major platform. She introduces new plants and improves business through her FB group 'Sumi's Garden'.
In Sumi's opinion, trends keep changing and we can set the new trend. Episcia became a trend, when Begonia was more popular. Sumi bought Episcia from a person who imports the plant from Thailand. Within 2 weeks of posting about the plant on Facebook, it turned out to be a huge hit and orders increased.
People start noticing when more details are given in the posts. Customers from outside Kerala place more orders. The biggest challenge is to pack and deliver the plant. Saplings are developed and nurtured in small cups before selling. She also plants at least 10 plants a day to ensure that new flowers are blooming every day in the garden.
Kuttanad native Shyamraj and Thuravoor native Sumi started living in Edathala 7 years ago. Shyamraj works as alignment technician in a tyre shop in Edappally. Sumi had to quit her job as civil draughtsman. It was then she thought of gardening and the trade.
Though Sumi used to rear goats and chicken, she faced huge loss during the flood havoc in 2018 and 2019. With this, she switched to gardening. When flooding occurs, she transfers all the pots to the terrace. Some of them are brought back to the ground after the water recedes.
Sumi is the recipient of Karshakasree Award from Edathala Krishi Bhavan in Vazhakkulam block panchayat. She is sometimes invited for giving classes to farmers too. However, Sumi is a little disappointed as she was denied a bank loan for expanding the venture. The current crisis has affected all sectors and banks were hesitant to help her.