Retired soldier turns his 5-acre rubber estate into passion fruit farm
A retired soldier and Kottayam native Joseph Louis Kavalam has made his life ‘sweeter’ by cultivating passion fruit on his 5-acre land.
Initially he started planting passion fruits as an inter-crop among rubber plants. However, once he found out that it was reaping success, he went to the plantation corporation and bought thousands of passion fruit saplings and planted them.
Even with basic organic fertilisers, his efforts bore ‘fruit’ within 5 months. He gets more than 200 kilograms of fruits per day, which is sold in the market at a rate of Rs 80 per kilo. The pulp of these fruits are used for producing value added juice products. Joseph says that since the fruits are grown organically, there is a lot of demand for the fruits and juice.
Passion fruits doesn’t require a lot of attention except in summer, when it has to be adequately watered. He has also set up around 50 beehive boxes in the farm in order to facilitate smooth pollination of the passion fruit flowers. The honey he gets out of this is also sold in the market. Joseph can be contacted for more details. Phone number: 9446065781.