Paddy field, dairy farm, coconut plantation; 18-yr-old shows hard work brings success in farming
Palakkad: Muthuthala Kozhikkottiri native Anand was introduced to the world of agriculture by his father. By the time he learned the basics of farming, he lost his father. However, the teen boy did not give up hope and continued toiling in the farm. Now the 18-year-old has proved successful with plantain and coconut plantation in 3.5 acre, paddy field in 6.5 acre, vegetable garden and a dairy farm with 26 cows.
Anand's father Manikandan, a hardworking farmer, passed away two years ago. Though he was heartbroken at first, Anand decided to follow his father's path. He wakes up at 3.30 am every day and begins work by milking the cows. He gives about 150 litre milk to Milma every day and 5 litre to the neighbouring houses. Then he engages in other tasks in paddy fields, fish farm and dairy farm.
Plantain, coconut, areca nut, pepper and vegetables are cultivated close to Anand's house. In addition to the 2.5 acre they own, he also cultivates paddy in a 4 acre leased land. The hay required for dairy farm is collected from the paddy fields. Paddy is given to Supplyco. His father's aide Mani also helps Anand in paddy fields. Two migrant workers help him in dairy farm.
Amid all the works, Anand managed to pass Plus Two with flying colours from Government Oriental School in Perumudiyoor. He has joined for BCom in a private college in Pattambi. He believes that he can manage farming amid learning. His mother Nija and sisters Athira and Aswathi also support Anand in all his ventures.