Malappuram: The beautiful sight of sunflowers at Parappur field in Malappuram will be a soothing experience for all. Musammil, a farmer here has taken effort to create a garden of sunflowers in his land. Parppur natives are also surprised to see the beautiful flowers which are believed to be only grown in Gundalpet.
Sunflower farming was an experiment for this farmer. He used to experiment variety of crops which are rare in Kerala. Hence, the sunflowers blooming in the field is a great achievement for him.
He cultivates sunflowers in half acre land at Parappur field near Meppadam. He sowed the seeds brought from Gundalpet on the field after harvesting banana.
Within four months, sunflowers got ready for harvest.
“As it was an experiment, I never invested much amount and took effort for this farming. I am really surprised that I got 100 percent harvest without giving proper irrigation and using fertilisers,” said the farmer.
Though sunflower farms are popular in India, it is rarely seen in Kerala.
Kerala has weather condition suitable to cultivate sunflowers. But most of the farmers never dare to try their luck in this farming.
Though, sunflowers have great demand in the market, Musammil is using social media to find market for it.
After witnessing Musammil’s success in sunflower cultivation, another farmer also started sunflower farming.
Musammil also cultivates horsegram, coriander and green gram in his field.