Kozhikode: Keezhillath Kunhiraman returned to his native village of Kallode 10 years ago, winding up his business in Mangaluru, hoping to keep himself engaged with some farming. But his foray into agriculture not only made Kunhiraman a full-fledged farmer, but he also set off a green revolution in the village.
Now villagers seek his opinion on all matters related to farming and Kunhiraman is always there to offer support at his nursery.
The nursery sells high quality seeds and saplings which are produced organically at prices which are much below the market rates. Over the last 10 years, Kunhirman’s nursery has seen its popularity rising and often he is unable to meet the demand.
After returning from Mangaluru, Kunhiraman had started the nursery on 65 cents of land adjacent to his house. Initially, he grew some crops for his own use, but later Kunhiraman made the venture an exclusive nursery. He is helped by his wife Sreedevi alone in his efforts.
Apart from the nursery at his house in Kallode, near Perambra, Kunhiraman participates in a group farming venture which is engaged in ‘puncha’ paddy cultivation near his ancestral property at Karuvode Chira, Keezhpayur.
At his nursery, Kunhiraman grows ginger and turmeric for their seeds. While dwarf pepper is planted in pots, grow bags are used for the turmeric variety ‘Sudarshan’. Seeds weighing 20 grams of the ‘Varada’ variety of ginger he sells can yield a harvest of over two kilograms.
Kunhiraman has also introduced some innovations. For instance, he grows ‘tippali’, a medicinal plant. But it is not for making some drug, but to bud with dwarf pepper which gives better yield. His Panniyur 1 and Karimunda variety of pepper also give a bumper crop in all seasons.
Other saplings and seeds Kunhiraman’s nursery offers are, a dwarf variety of coconut called ‘Chavakkadan orange draft’, ordinary Kuttiyadi coconut, various types of arecanut like Sumangala, Sreemangala and the native Kasargod variety, apart from various vegetables, bananas and tapioca.
Kunhiraman is now trying his hands at poultry farming also.
Resorting to only organic methods, Kunhiraman mixes cowdung and coconut pith to prepare his fertilizer. In some cases, he uses organic insecticides in small quantities.
In his ventures, Kunhiraman gets support from Farm Information Centre at Peruvannamoozhi and the Krishi Bhavan at Perambra. Kunhiraman’s phone: 9645055963.