Mukkam: A class 6 student blaze a trail for everyone, by cultivating vegetables and fruits in a 10-cent plot. Thottathinkadavu native Muhammed Afthash, a student of Omassery Al-Irshad College has prepared the farm in a plot close to the kitchen area of the house. He is the son of Thottiyil Shihabuddin and Sunaina.
Vegetables like brinjal, carrot, tomato, okra, snake gourd, long beans, spinach and fruits like mango, rambutan, papaya, rose apple, passion fruit, pomegranate are planted in Afthash’s garden. He started farming when he was in class 1. He planted the vegetable seeds distributed in the school in the courtyard near kitchen. He took care of the plants until they yielded.
Afthash tried new crops every year. Once he planted a sapling without identifying the plant. He came to know that it was carrot only after harvesting. He follows organic farming method. Cow dung, chicken manure and copra cake are used as fertilizers in the farm. When his friends play in the ground, Afthash likes to spend his leisure time in his vegetable farm.
His parents also support him in his endeavours. The vegetables required for the house is collected from Afthash’s farm. It is the third year in a row that he harvests vegetables from the garden in yard. He also happy to share the yield with his friends, teachers and neighbours. Apart from vegetable farming, Afthash has also tried his hand in ornamental fish farming. He grows the fish in a special tank made in their terrace.