Kannur: Cities are often thought of as totally pretentious and plastic. The Edacheri Residents' Association in Kannur is correcting that impression. They have shown that all the positivity of villages can indeed be reaped in cities too.
The association has changed the lives of its members positively in just a year after of formation. The bio-farming that they started on a one-acre plot land in Edacheri is their success tale.
The Edacheri cultivation includes purely indigenous varieties of vegetables like ladies finger, spinach, bitter gourd, snake gourd, tapioca, pea, cucumber etc. It is eyeing paddy cultivation also this year.
They earned good money during this Vishu festival, proving wrong those who think bio-farming is a loss-making affair.
Barren land yields gold
The one-acre land in Kannur's Edacheri was a wasteland for years. Twenty-five members of the Edacheri association joined hands to launch bio-farming a year ago with the support of the department of agriculture. Initially, they were doing kitchen farming in every house in the colony. The 25 members lead the effort in the colony of 225 residents.
The income was Rs 56,000 in just three months. This money was given as a traditional Vishu gift to association members. Agricultural officers Seema Sahadevan and A.V. Jitesh guide the farmers.
The association members spend two hours in the morning for farming.
Products are sold at prices comparable to the non-toxic bio products sold at the District Panchayat Agri Mart. Buyers are happy with the pure vegetables but the yield is not up to the demand. Children are also prompted to participate in farming, with the idea of creating an interest in the new generation.
Not just farming
Edacheri Residents Association goes beyond farming, with impressive social purposes. They give great importance to plastic eradication and environmental protection. Plastic waste is collected from houses on the first Sunday of every month. Those who carry plastic to the collection center are given gift coupons from textile shops. All this has helped make the plastic collection a major success.
The locality plants trees and keeps roads clean and tidy. A nearby area that remained a waste dump for long has been cleaned up.
The association has done commendable work in several other areas like energy preservation, promotion of entrepreneurs, empowerment of women etc. Women also play an active role in this.
R. Anilkumar is the president of the association. Other office-bearers are K.V. Hanish, K. Prakashan (vice-presidents); George Thayyil (secretary); Shine P. Jose, C.K. Jitesh (joint secretaries); and P. Saseendran (treasurer).
The association says good work always gets good support.
Manorama offers a cheer
Malayala Manorama is offering an opportunity to identify the best residents associations in Kannur and Kasaragod districts. Their work in a particular period will be evaluated and Malayala Manorama will offer attractive prizes.
If your association is performing well, register with Manorama today itself. People will have a chance to know about your work through Manorama. Your work will be reported in the paper and attractive prizes offered. The best three associations will be chosen after evaluating their work during a specified period. Details of the plan and guidelines will be published in the coming issues of Metro Manorama.
(Residents Associations can be registered in 04972-704774)