Kattaykaal: How many times do you visit the hospital every month? How many rounds of antibiotics do you swallow? Well, you should ask Govindankutty Warrier, 84, for his reply and will be stunned at what he has to say.
This super smart octogenarian from Melattur completed a course in organic farming from the MG University two years ago and is still active on his five acre farm. Not only this he is also a hands-on trainer to anyone coming to his 'Saranyam' house at Chemmaniyod seeking lessons in agriculture.
This farmer rarely had to have any medicines and barely any for his old age. Despite the marketing issues, he is content that his family today eats good food. At Warrier's house almost every vegetable is home grown and he shops for just necessities like sugar and tea.
From rice to brinjals and pepper every other vegetable has found its place in the five acre farm. After his wife, Rugmini Teacher passed away, Warrier has been living with his two daughters, Rajalakshmi and Geetha.
Rajalakshmi is a teacher at the UHS School, Pattikad and Geetha stays with her father all the time taking him to different classes and programs. She shared the anxiety over him going to the field at this age quickly adding that they have no choice in front of his ever increasing love for agriculture. While the farm is taken care of by Rajalakshmi's husband Sulapani, Geetha's husband Krishnadas is working at the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala.
It was a three-day organic farming camp held at Silent Valley that made Warrier shun the chemical-laden agriculture he was practising till then. Through this and later through media reports he learned about the negatives of chemical farming and turned his farm into a completely organic one. He is also a regular reader of 'Ore Bhumi, Ore Jeevan' and regularly attends organic farming seminars and meets at Palakkad and Malappuram.
He also cultivates medicinal plants in his farm. He rears cows which supply him with rich manure. He also uses Jeevamrutham bio-pesticide. Warrier is not just an astute farmer but also an avid reader and traveler who loves S K Pottakkad, MT and Thakazhi.