This family produces fruits, veggies, milk, fish, cooking gas, power at home
Kozhikode: When all essentials including vegetables, fruits, milk, fish, cooking gas and electricity required for a household are available, a family can easily survive the COVID lockdown without going out. So, Mukkam Agasthyanmoozhi native Abdul Majeed and family are not struggling during the lockdown.
"Almost all essentials are available here and we need not go out frequently. All are connected with a farming cycle,' Abdul Majeed said. He retired as a senior deputy director in the audit department of the state government. The passion for agriculture made him start cultivation on the house compound and on his 1.5 acre farm land.
Different varieties of tomato, okra, spinach, green chilli, beans, bitter gourd, snake gourd, ash gourd, pumpkin and other vegetables are grown in the farm. Medicinal herbs like vetiver, betel, mint, margosa and all spices are nurtured in flowerpots and on the backyard.
Majeed has also tried land paddy farming using Uma seeds. Many varieties of bananas, corn, jackfruit, butter fruit, passion fruit, mango, orange and guava are flourishing on the compound. Tuber crops like tapioca, sweet potato, taro, purple yam and Chinese potato give good yield at right time.
Fish farming has been maintained for two years using aquaponics method. The waste water from fish tank is used for irrigating the vegetable garden. Fish feed is made of coconut cake and rice bran.
Dwarf cows are reared for milk production. Fodder grass and azolla pant are cultivated for feeding the cattle. In Majeed's opinion, there is nothing like profit or loss in agriculture, but only satisfaction. The family does not sell the crops, but gives for their close friends and relatives.
Majeed has built biogas plant at home for waste management and cooking gas. There are separate plants for household wastes and cow dung. The electricity required for household purposes is available from the solar project implemented by ANERT (Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology) in 2013. The conventional power connection is used only for farming purposes.
"The rare plants were brought from distant places when I was working as a government employee. I have never felt lack of time for farming. The only thing is we should have the ability to manage everything accurately," he said.
Majeed currently serves as director of Thiruvambadi Agricultural Development Cooperative Society. Majeed has full support from his wife Safiya, a teacher at Azad UP School in Karamoola, and children Minu and Linu.