Farmers try barrel farming to stop waterlogging from affecting crops
Chengaloor (Thrissur): The farmers in Chengaloor are experimenting with barrel farming to fight waterlogging. As their vegetable farming was always destroyed in floods, the farmers came up with a new trick. A farmers' collective in cooperation with Chengaloor Readers' Forum library and Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad initiated barrel farming.
In this method, barrels are filled with soil and organic fertilizers and then vegetable seeds are sowed. For creepers like bitter gourd, snake gourd, long beans and ivy gourd, the pillar for supporting the vine can be fixed inside the barrel itself. The farmers opined that barrel farming is suitable for cultivation in paddy fields or canal sides where waterlogging is very common.
Barrel farming is also effective in places where water scarcity is experienced. Chairman of the farmers' collective K S Surendran and Anandan Kollikkara started barrel farming first. Puthukkad agriculture officer K Amritha inaugurated seed sowing for barrel farming in Chengaloor native Jessi's residence.