Retd Air Force man proves ‘Mosambi’ flourishes, bears fruits in Kerala also
Pathanamthitta Chittar native P. P. Sudhakara Panicker has proved that sweet lemon aka Mosambi can be successfully cultivated in the state. He started harvesting ripe Mosambi fruits from his orchard at Padayanippara here.
With this, more tropical fruits have found place in the farms in hilly areas. Muhammed Riyas and S. Anil Kumar, agriculture officers at Chittar, said that the arrival of new fruits indicate the drastic changes occurred in the soil structure and climate. They also stated that continuous rain, fog and chilly climate make the hilly area suitable for fruit farming.
A retired air force officer, Sudhakara Panicker started cultivating Mosambi six years ago. He bought saplings from a plant nursery in Kollam and planted them at his farm. The saplings did not have proper growth in the last five years. But after the flood havoc last year, the plants started showing changes and flourished fast. Now the Mosambi plant bears more than 500 fruits.
As it gave attractive yield, Sudhakara Panicker plans to expand Mosambi farming on a commercial basis. He is the winner of the award for best farmer in Chittar panchayat. He used organic fertiliser and mixture fertiliser used for rubber trees. The Mosambi trees bore fruits once it grew upto six feet height.