Farmer plants banana saplings in grow bags, saves them from rain havoc


Dayanandan on his roof top full of banana saplings

Haripad (Alappuzha): Though the flood affected the crops all over the place, Cheruthana native Dayanandan’s banana farm is safe. He planted 500 banana plants in grow bags in view of the monsoon.

When the rainfall resulted in waterlogging at his house and premises, Dayanandan shifted all saplings to the roof of the house. It has been 28 days since he planted the banana saplings. They will grow one more month in the grow bags and then will be replanted.

A tributary of Pamba river is flowing near Dayanandan’s house. So, waterlogging is a regular incident for the family. He cultivates long beans, bitter gourd and spinach for a living.

It takes upto 8-9 months to harvest banana. When banana is planted after the onset of monsoon, the crop will be affected in rainfall. So, he planted the saplings in grow bags.

The experiment was started four years ago. As it was successful, he started planting more banana saplings in the same way. His wife Prasanna and son Nidheesh also help him.

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