Polyhouse farming,Wayanad

Polyhouse farming’s posterboy Digaul Thomas in Mananthavady, Wayanad, agrees that Kerala needs to finetune the technology that is best suited to the State’s conditions. However, he has made it big as a farmer, thanks largely to the 1,000 sq. metres of polyhouse cultivation he has developed over the last three years.

He was selected as the best farmer in the State by the government of Kerala in 2012, his polyhouse farm being a major factor in winning the award. He is optimistic about the future of polyhouse farming. It is possible even with the imperfect practices to make a living out of polyhouse farming

He said that he harvested 3.5 tonnes of bittergourds and three tonnes of vegetable cowpea from his polyhouse farm last season. At 33, he was an interior designer, but then turned to agriculture because he loved it so much, he said.

Karshakothama Award

The group follows organic farming methods, Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran said while announcing the awards at a press conference here.C.M. Mohammed of Tirur in Malappuram district is the winner of the ‘Karshakothama Award’ carrying a purse of Rs.1 lakh.

Automated hi-tech farm farming,Kappad

Abdul Razzak Kallarackal of Kappad is launching a fully automated hi-tech farm at his native place, taking agricultural work to a new level of independence at a time when labour shortage is acute in the farm sector of the State. Imported automatic machines will be used in the farm.

Mr. Razzak, said the new technique of farming ensured minimum use of pesticides and optimum use of water in agriculture. The venture received a subsidy of Rs.2.83 lakh from the State Horticulture Mission.