Sumathi and her mushroom farming, thanks to AIR programme

By: Anil Pulickal
Kasaragod: AIR is not just a musicbox for Sumathi. It has made a great transformation to this tailors life.
Sumathi, a native of Udayanagar in Periya, started listening to AIR during her stitching work. But later she started to use it as a medium of information to know about agriculture and the world.
Rather than remaining a mere listener, she actively participates in various radio programmes by sending letters.
Sumathi has been a listener to the agriculture-based programme 'Vayalum Veedum' since 30 years. She used to send letters to the programme frequently. Her friendship with Aakashvaani or AIR became strong with letters. She has also won prizes for many letters.
Sumathi, a home maker and a tailor, opted to be a farmer by cultivating jasmine and mushroom with the guidelines from radio programmes. Now, she earns a good amount as income from agriculture. She is cultivating mushroom and earning daily income since 10 years.
Sumathis family also participated in the golden jubilee celebrations of 'Vayalum Veedum' Programme in 2016.
She took part in the golden jubilee celebrations by lighting candles around her mushroom farm.
With the launch of Doordarshan, Sumathi has become an ardent viewer of Krishi Darshan programme aired in the channel.
Sumathi accompanied by her husband Manoharan and children participated in the debate on agriculture organised by Doordarshan at Thiruvananthapuram.

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