Growing 5 varieties of tomato on 15-acre land, Palakkad farmer harvests 50 tonnes per acre
Chittur (Palakkad): A traditional farmer has successfully cultivated five different varieties of tomatoes in Eruthempathy here. Normally, apple tomato and indigenous tomato varieties are cultivated in the eastern region. But Ramkumar, a farmer, planted the high-yielding varieties like Meghadoot, Santo, Shivam, Ahalya and 5005 on his 15-acre land.
Though Ramkumar grows other crops also, he concentrates on tomato cultivation. He follows different methods of farming. When other farmers start cultivating tomato by the end of August and beginning of September, Ramkumar started farming in June itself. Now, there are plenty of tomatoes in his farm.
Normally, upto 20 tonnes of tomato is harvested from an acre of land whereas Ramkumar claims to get about 50 tonnes per acre. The tomato plants are properly supported using wires and pillars to prevent them from falling down. Tomatoes are sold to Reliance company, Horticorp, Nachipalayam, Velanthavalam markets and Palakkad.
Ramkumar opined that tomato farming usually does not give any loss. He is earning decently from tomato cultivation in the eastern region. The agriculture department also said that he is following scheduled maintenance and scientific methods for farming.