Visually challenged farmer never fails to find the way; continues farming for 40 yrs
Parassala (Thiruvananthapuram): Karali native T Rabi is blazing a trail for the visually challenged people as he overcame visual impairment by engaging in farming. 53-year-old Rabi has been taking care of his family with the earning from agriculture for the last 40 years. He grows plantain, spinach, long beans, bitter gourd and snake gourd in the leased land.
Rabi leaves home by 6 in the morning and reaches farm all by himself. The locals are still clueless about how Rabi manages to reach the farm by foot though he has completely lost vision. When he was asked how he finds the way accurately, Rabi replied, ‘God is guiding me so I never fail to find the right way’.
Rabi stops farm works by 9 am as his eyes start aching when exposed to excessive sunlight. He continues work in the evening. Rabi does all work such as tilling the land, sowing seeds, applying fertilizers, weeding and harvesting without any external help. He said that he can differentiate between crop and weeds just by touching it.
Rabi sells the harvested vegetables carrying them door-to-door. His daughter also accompanies him. However, Rabi has decided to take a break from farming as he has to undergo a surgery this year. But he has no plans to quit farming and said that he would return to the farm once the doctor lets him.