Wayanad farmer proves black gram cultivation can be successful
Panamaram (Wayanad): A farmer from Cheekkalloor here has proved that black gram can be successfully cultivated in Wayanad also. Black gram is not commonly farmed in the district. But Keshava Marar from Cheekkalloor decided to try farming black gram on his 2.5 acre paddy field for crop rotation.
The most important advantage of black gram farming is it can be harvested within three months. Last year, Keshava Marar had cultivated black gram on trial basis. As it gave better yield than other rotational crops, he decided to expand black gram farming. Black gram is a nitrogen-fixing crop, so it is useful in making the soil more fertile. The leaves of the plant is good cattle feed and the perished plant is used as an effective fertilizer.
The low production cost also makes black gram cultivation attractive. The only fertilizer required is cow dung. No other fertilizer is required for it. Rain is likely to pose a threat as heavy rain can cause the plants perish quickly. However, the farmers will have to depend on other states to get black gram seeds for cultivation.