Twin boys grow betel vines in barren land amid lockdown; now plan to start vegetable farming too
Nilambur (Malappuram): Chaliyar native twin brothers Shadil and Shamil were not affected by the lockdown as they were busy farming all the time. When classes were cancelled due to Covid situation, the duo decided to utilise the free time efficiently and started betel farming.
Shadil and Shamil, twin sons of Chaliyar Akambadam native Shabeerali and Ramlath, are class 8 students of Government Higher Secondary school in Eranhimangad. The boys cultivated betel vines in the land of their grandfather Moideenkutty who is also a farmer.
With hard work, the children proved that they can reap gold from the land through farming. They are also smart in academics. The family also supported them to start cultivation in the land which left barren.
First, the twins made a trellis using areca nut tree and a shade net was arranged to prevent direct sunlight. They follow organic farming method and uses fertilizers like cow dung, neem cake, groundnut cake. A sprinkler is used for irrigation.
After summer rain started, they have stopped watering the vines. They earn only Rs 40 per bundle. One bundle includes 80 betel leaves. The price dropped due to the lockdown crisis. However, the boys are happy to get a little income and share it with their parents.
As they realised that agriculture can be a way of income, the twins are now planning to cultivate vegetables also. However, they never lag behind in studies due to the interest in farming. The twins have set a model for the kids of their age.