The group harvesting the crops
Kulappully: When the Covid-19 lockdown started, a group of women in Palakkad’s Kanayath pondered on how to spend their extra leisure hours. Vegetable farming was an idea that sparked their mind. On the back of initial success, they continued their vegetable cultivation. Interestingly, the women farmers only used organic methods. Over these two years, the group has been getting good returns from their vegetable farm. Notably, there were challenges, but these women with perseverance have scripted a success story.
Priya Dileep Kumar (41), Shalini Murali(36), Sajila Sreejith(36)and Sini Manoj(44) are the four women who took initiative in this venture. Among them, Sini is a ward councillor too.
The group started their vegetable cultivation in a 10-cent plot. They cultivated crops like ginger, spinach, pea, okra, pumpkin, cucumber, luffa, bitter gourd, snake gourd and bottle gourd. They even took barren land for lease for paddy farming.
Birds, wild boars, pests and other crop diseases posed threat to the farm. However, they were able to continue the vegetable farming.
They are harvesting the crops and taking them to market on alternative days. Nowadays, the takers have started to reach out to them to collect organic vegetables. The number of takers is increasing day by day and due to huge demand, they do not even have to take it to shops.