lotus

Adorn your garden pond with a lotus

Lotus is an aquatic plant loved for its big beautiful flowers. Scientifically known ..

papaya
Rubber farmers switch to papaya tapping for better earnings
Vellannoor brinjal
Looks like apple, tastier than fish fry; wanna try?
rice
Why Kodumon Rice brand is in huge demand?
Petunia

Remember Harry Potter’s aunt Petunia? Well, the name came from this flower

Petunia is a flowering plant that produce multiple varieties of flowers. Rather than a beautiful garden plant, the name Petunia might ..

quickstick rat killer

Make organic rat killer from ‘Seemakonna’

Rats can be a menace at households in all seasons. Usually, people try artificial rat poison or traps to get rid of rats. But using ..

daisy

How to take care of Daisy, the pretty 'little girl' of gardens

Daisy is a garden flower that requires maintenance and care on a daily basis. The beautiful white flowers of daisy can lure the viewers ..

Jamsheer dairy farmer

BTech student earns over Rs 1 lakh a month from his own dairy farm

All may think for a while on hearing the question what is the connection between a BTech student and a dairy farm. But if you ask this ..

Manoj

Engineering graduate dedicates life to promote fruit orchards

Ernakulam: An electrical engineering graduate has dedicated his life for spreading the goodness of fruit orchards. I. B. Manoj from ..

Malampuzha

Fish farmers in Malampuzha set to reap rich ‘GIFT’ of cage culture

Malampuzha: The fisheries department and the fisherfolk here are all set to reap a rich harvest from cage culture with an intention ..

veggies

Vegetable price skyrockets; Rs 100 for beans, Rs 70 for carrot

Shoranur: After the Vishu festival season, the price of vegetables has skyrocketed. Beans tops the list with its price jumping from ..

coconut climber

Chhattisgarh workers take over coconut tree climbing in Kerala, Lakshadweep

Chathannoor (Kollam): Not many Malayali labourers are ready to climb coconut trees these days. The owners of coconut plantation are ..

grapes

Remove toxins from grapes this way

Grapes are nutritious, delicious and gorgeous at the same time. The demand for has escalated in the hot summer like all other fruits ..

strawberry

This summer, make a milkshake with home grown strawberries

Strawberry is one of the most loved fruit flavours. Growing strawberry at home could be a grand idea if you are a person who loves ..

veg

Beware! Bitter gourd has highest pesticide residue

The pesticide content in vegetables can be removed to an extent by washing them thoroughly or by peeling off outer skin. But bitter ..

watermelon

Make yummy candies out of watermelon rind!

When we eat the flesh of watermelon and throw out its rind, it becomes a waste in the surroundings. But the researchers of Navsari ..

snake plant

Heard of ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’? It can give you fresh air

‘Mother-in-law’s tongue’ could be the least expected name for a garden plant that purifies air. But it is one ..

Gauva

Have a healthy bite: Guidelines to grow guava at home

Growing our own fruit plants is the best idea to avoid consuming pesticide residue in the fruits bought from markets. Guava is ..

pet

Have a pet? Then follow these precautions to avoid sun stroke

The increasing temperature in summer is very likely to affect pets and cattle. The intense heat may have adverse impacts on eating ..

Rose gardening

Meat residue water can give wonders to your garden rose

If you have in your garden, take good care of them to get bigger and brighter flowers. becomes more beautiful when the plant is healthy ..

shoeflower

Want bright 'Chembarathi' flowers? Then follow these tips

Shoe flower or hibiscus is a very common garden plant in the houses in Kerala. It normally requires no particular care and maintenance ..

orange

Simple steps to grow organic oranges at home

Orange is a delicious citrus fruit which is rich in Vitamin C. The juicy fruit is good for resisting diseases caused by the deficiency ..

kisan

Agri dept to take action against fake campaigns on PM-KISAN scheme

Haripad: The state agriculture department has informed that the fake campaigns against the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) ..

Pesticide

888 tons of chemical pesticides, herbicides used in food crops in state last year

Kottayam: According to an alarming report, Keralites who are concerned about the pesticide residue in the vegetables brought from other ..

almond

Easy way to grow roots in almond bought from market

Almond is one of the much-loved nutty snacks rich with nutrients. But does anyone know how to grow an almond tree in our yard? It’s ..

rose apple

Grow rose apple for bumper harvest giving little care

Rose apple, popularly known as ‘Chambakka’ in Malayalam, is an ideal fruit for making juice, squash, wine and other products ..

Durian fruit

Durian tree blooms after 7 years; Ansari takes pride in his rare fruit garden

After seven years of waiting, Kunjumuhammed Ansari from Cheravannur in Malappuram could see his durian tree blooming and bearing fruits ..

grapes

Growing grapes at home? Here’s some tips for you

Grapes can be cultivated during all seasons. We can even easily grow grapes at our courtyards. But there are some important points ..

mango

Use this idea to keep raw mangoes for long without losing taste

Mangoes are one of the most popular fruits of Keralites. The soaring price of mangoes might have made many of us search for ways to ..

rooster

Rs 1.5 lakh offered for a Aseel rooster; Owner declines to sell

Marayur: A rooster was offered a whopping Rs 1.5 lakh during an exhibition of Parrot Beak Long Tail Aseel Chicken held at Ayyalur ..

chilli

Hot and spicy 'Kanthari' chilli – A must item in kitchen garden

Bird’s eye chilli or Kanthari Mulaku is an essential item for the vegetable garden of Malayalis. If one or two chilli plants ..

jackfruit seeds

How to keep jackfruit seeds for long without refrigeration?

The only trick we know to increase the shelf life of food items is to refrigerate them. Gone are the days when our grandparents used ..

cucumber

Vishukkani Challenge: Grow your own Kanivellari this Vishu

Keralites have been in a world of challenges recently. They have taken up a number of challenges ranging from the bucket challenge ..

EP Jayarajan

E. P. Jayarajan’s kitchen garden rich in organic vegetables

Pappinisseri (Kannur): Minister for Industries E. P. Jayarajan changes his working arena to agriculture once he reaches home. His residence ..

fighter

Fierce but fetching; fighter fishes can fill your pockets

Siamese fighter fish is one of the most attractive fish varieties for the aquarium. With its colourful fins and scales, fighter fish ..

noni

Have you heard of noni fruit? It fights cancer, diabetes

Noni is a fruit bearing tree popular for its medicinal properties. It is also known as Indian Mulberry, beach mulberry and cheese fruit ..

jaitley

Budget 2019: Govt may hike agri credit target to Rs 12 lakh cr

New Delhi: The farm credit target is likely to be raised by about 10 per cent to a record Rs 12 lakh crore in the 2019-20 Budget to ..

firecracker

‘Kanakambaram’ - the golden beauty of garden

The firecracker flower or tropical flame which is commonly called as ‘Kanakambaram’ in Malayalam is known for its beauty ..

VAIGA

Giant leaf from Nicobar Islands to substitute plastic plate in Kerala

The giant leaf that was commonly found in Andaman – Nicobar Islands will be part of the flora of Kerala as well. The giant leaf, ..

agri

Heroes who loved green, reaped success in 2018

Agriculture is not everyone’s cup of tea. But there are some heroes who realised the importance of farming and decided to preserve ..

coral vine

Plant a 'Venal Poovalli' to breathe pure air

In a time when pollution is one of the threatening menace for the city dwellers, a beautiful flower from Mexico can come to the rescue ..

sweet basil

Sweet basil – The aromatic herb to keep you healthy

Sweet basil is a spice herb known for its unique flavour and aroma. The leaves of the plant are used as flavouring agent and as medicine ..

Worm compost

Tips to make worm compost in flats

With ‘organic fever’ conquering all Malayalis, most of us have already started small scale farming in our courtyards, rooftops, ..

flower

Try these natural preservatives to keep flowers fresh

No one who loves flowers like to see them getting dried up. To keep flowers fresh and live for many hours, we can use flower preservatives ..

agriculture

All crops to get insurance coverage

Alappuzha: The state agriculture department has decided to bring all types of agricultural crops under insurance coverage. The decision ..

coconut

Coconut-buttermilk solution to prevent plant diseases, boost flowering

In order to prevent plant diseases and boost flowering, we can try coconut-buttermilk solution which is easy to prepare and is best ..

Broccoli

With cancer-resistant broccoli, make your kitchen garden 'rich'

Broccoli can be considered as the vegetable that has the highest capability to help prevent cancer. Having edible leaves, flower and ..

grow bag

Get your grow bags a ‘rain guard’ in monsoon; ‘sun screen’ in summer

The months long monsoon and summer in Kerala affects the texture of the soil. The changes in weather is very likely to form clumps ..

Winged bean

Know about 'Chathura Payar' which is the best of legumes?

Winged bean, which is locally known as ‘Chathura Payar’, is one of the legumes that contains the highest quantity of protein ..

Kissing gourami

Kissing gourami: The ‘romantic’ pair for your fish tank

Kissing Gourami is an ornamental fish that is popular for its habit of ‘kissing’. Scientifically named as Helostoma temminckii, ..

sweet gourd

Tired of bitter gourd? Let’s try sweet gourd

Sweet gourd is one of the sweet varieties of gourd. The fruit of sweet gourd has blunt thorns all over the skin. Its male and female ..

plant

'Amrita Jalam' for crops to boost production

The soil has to be nourishing, air and water permeable and water absorbent in order to enhance productivity. Also presence of microbes ..

star fruit

Shaped as star, this fruit can be a star in cuisine too

Star fruit or Carambola is a key ingredient in a famous Italian fish stew that is enlisted in the 50 most delicious food items in the ..

Silage

Feed silage to cattle for better milk production

As the grass farms were destroyed in the flood, silage is suggested as a good alternative fodder for the cattle. Though the north Indian ..

seeds

Collect seeds from plants properly, See it grow healthy

Seed collection of vegetable crops is very important as it affects the quality of the plant in future. Although the seed is of ..

Dhaincha

‘Communist Pacha’ can be used as effective manure

Some of the weeds which farmers consider as a curse can actually be a boon, if wisely utilized. Weeds can be turned into effective ..

haritha kashayam

Green decoction to get rid of pest menace

Attack of pests is the biggest menace faced by farmers. Insects tend to attack the plants for inhabiting, breeding, feeding and defending ..

cock

Tips to treat breathing trouble in domestic fowls

A gapeworm scientifically known as Syngamus trachea causes breathing troubles in domestic fowls like chicken, quails, ducks and turkeys ..

Kerala flood

Kerala floods hit paddy, banana, spices in 45,000 ha: Centre

New Delhi: Floods in Kerala have damaged paddy, banana, spices and other crops in 45,000 hectare of farmland, Agriculture Secretary ..

Anthurium and Orchid

Tips to scientifically pack Anthurium and Orchid

Orchid and Anthurium are two flowering plants that have high scope in the market and in export sector. Once the flowers are harvested, ..

Agriculture

Robin earns Rs 16 lakh per year in agri-business

With novel idea and consistent effort, Kottayam Marangattupilly native Robin P. Joy has proven that agriculture gives 10 times more ..

Apples

The end of mango season; Time for apples

Kundara (Kollam): The season of mangoes is ending and it’s showtime for apples. The apples imported from New Zealand, America ..

rubber

Hameed comes up with a technique to develop new branches for rubber plants

The stem of rubber trees at the foot should normally have 2.5 to 3 meters (8-10 feet) height to take revenue by proper tapping. Branches ..

Poinsettia

Why do farmers love Poinsettia?

Poinsettia is a plant widely used for decoration during Christmas and Easter seasons. Scientific named Euphorbia Pulcherrima, the plant ..

Betel leaves

Do betel farming, earn easy income

Proper grooming of the betel plant for eight months would produce betel leaves. Almost Rs 1000 could be earned from 10 plants. Choose ..

tuber

Arikkode farmers know soil best for tuber crops, reap success

Mathrubhumi News Video Ottapalam: A group of farmers in Arikkode near Thrithala in Palakkad have chosen a different path in ..

reduviid bug

Reduviid bugs for pest control in vegetable, fruit farms

Reduviid bug or assassin bug, locally known as ‘Chenchazhi’, is a beneficial insect that controls pests like caterpillars ..

Shaji Mathew

Paddy in field, veggies on ridges: Shaji Mathew earns double profit

Kozhikode: Kodancherry native Shaji Mathew has chosen the road not taken in agriculture. He cultivates paddy in the field and vegetables ..

cucumber

Giant cucumber weighing 7.5 kg harvested in Kadalundi

Kadalundi: A giant cucumber that has a length of 24 inches and weighing 7.5 kg was harvested from a farm in Kadalundi. The giant ..

police

Police turn farmers at Ambalavayal Police Station

Wayanad: The police officials at Ambalavayal police station will pose a surprise for all. They have proven that apart from maintaining ..

Solar light trap

Farmers approve of solar light trap for low-cost, eco-friendly pest control

Chittoor: A solar powered light trap has come to the rescue of farmers who have been searching for an easy and safe method to get rid ..

Bio waste mangement

Farmer introduces innovative method for bio-waste processing

Mallappalli: From now on, we have to neither throw the biodegradable waste from kitchen to our compound, nor cover them in plastic ..

Afthash

Veg farm in 10-cent courtyard; class 6 student becomes trailblazer

Mukkam: A class 6 student blaze a trail for everyone, by cultivating vegetables and fruits in a 10-cent plot. Thottathinkadavu native ..

agriculture

These little farmers cultivate vegetables for their school meals

Idukki: Upholding the importance of organically-grown vegetables, a group of children from Chakkupallam St.Dominic LP School has taken ..

Guinea pigs

Peruvian, Silkie, Guinea...In Kerala you can find them

Chittur: Peruvian, Silkie, Guinea, American and 14 such different varieties of guinea pigs are grown in the farm owned by Menonpara ..

garden

Students set up vegetable garden at 100 houses in Kottayam

Kottayam: Thalayolaparambu natives were surprised when a group of students reached their home with farm tools and vegetable seeds ..

mushroom

Sumathi and her mushroom farming, thanks to AIR programme

Kasaragod: AIR is not just a musicbox for Sumathi. It has made a great transformation to this tailor’s life. Sumathi, a native ..

tiller

Remote-controlled tiller to make farming easy

Thrissur: Now, farmers can till land with just the pressing of a button. A remote-controlled tiller machine will help farmers till ..

tapioca

130 kg tapioca attracts visitors at agri expo in Kollam

Kollam: District Agriculture expo organised by Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam (VFPCK) displayed vegetables in big size ..

yam

How to harvest ‘small yams’ for small families

The ‘big vegetables’ like elephant foot yam, purple yam, snake gourd and pumpkin, ash gourd and the like are the favourite ..

Banana file

Planted ‘nenthran', harvested ‘robusta’; Rs 60,000 compensation ordered

Thrissur: The Consumer Forum has ordered Rs 60,000 compensation to a farmer from Kasaragod after the ‘nenthran’ banana ..

wax plant

Wax plants are the latest gardening fad

A new variety of flowering plant has become the centre of attraction of house gardens recently. These flowers bloom in clusters and ..

rice

Thottara brand rice to rule the market

Kakkanad: The rice from Thottara paddy fields, which was known as the rice bowl of ancient Kochi kingdom, will be intorduced in the ..

Brinjal

Brinjal: The low-cost, easy-to-grow crop for all climates

Brinjal is a vegetable that is available in a variety of colors and shapes. Its biggest advantage is that it can be cultivated in all ..

Paddy Art

Paddy art in the shape of ‘India’ pulls crowd to Nambikolli

Sultan Bathery: A map of India created in the paddy field is attracting attention. Bathery Nambikolli Thayyil Praseed Kumar has made ..

ginger

Ginger farming is profitable, proves Mahesh

Kasaragod: Mahesh, a contract staff in BSNL has been cultivating ginger on his 2.5-acre land in a hilly area at Cheemeni. This young ..

Quinoa

Quinoa – The healthy cereal with multiple benefits

An average Malayali's daily diet includes rice, that too three times a day. This occassional intake of rice makes us at high risk ..

Krishna Prasad

This versatile actor is a State award winning farmer too

Actor Niranath Makayiram Krishna Prasad has proven his talent in not only as an actor, but also as a farmer. Presently a member of ..

long beans

8th std boy harvests 800 kg long beans from 10-cent land

Abhilal, a student of 8th standard, finds his pocket money by farming with his father. He is the son of Perinthalmanna Pulamanthol ..

Kunjiraman and Pushpa

Tribal couple turns arid hills into lush green farms; success saga from leased land

Vellamunda: Kunjiraman and Pushpa, the tribal couple hailing from Edachery in Thondarnadu set a model for the new generation farmers ..

mehboob

Go for Vegetable garden on terrace; Mehboob proves it

Malappuram Alathurpadi native Mehboob has proved that cultivating a vegetable garden on rooftops can make a good harvest. Amidst many ..

Pests on plant

Get rid of pests with these simple tricks

The attack of pests and insects is always a headache for those who maintain a kitchen garden. We can try some simple ideas to eliminate ..

Ash gourd

Meet the giant ash gourd weighing 16 kg

Palakkad: Ash gourd or white gourd is a common vegetable in Kerala. But a giant ash gourd that too weighing 16 kg is a rare sight. ..

Potato

Come on, let’s grow potato at home

Potato is an inevitable item in our cuisine. It is one of the most cultivated tubers. Also, potato is a rich source of vitamin C, B6, ..

father and son

A father and son who strive hard to build life

Edappal: This father and son are a role model for Malayalees. When we mock them as migrant laborers from Tamil Nadu by calling ‘Anna’, ..

paddy field

Agri department to form Enforcement wing to improve quality

Kochi: The Department of Agriculture in Kerala is planning to form an enforcement wing in order to strictly implement the regulations ..

long beans

Long beans for beginners in farming

Many of the beginners in farming start with long beans or asparagus beans as the first crop in their garden. This crop is not only ..

coriander leaves

Home-grown coriander leaves for healthy flavor

Coriander leaves has the status of only a guest in Kerala cuisine. In the past, we were familiar with only the flavor of curry leaves ..