THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Soon, there will be a vermi-compost unit on the Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) compound, a step to stimulate the vegetable cultivation of the institute.
Employees of DPI who have set an example by cultivating vegetables again prove that they are not giving up after the initial enthusiasm.
“We are planning a vermi-compost unit so that the vegetable cultivation can be carried out in a more efficient manner. We hope to make it happen soon,” said Rema Devi, superintendent, DPI.
DPI, which started the vegetable cultivation on October 2, 2009, carries it out on around 2.5 acres out of the total 3 acres of the DPI compound. Various varieties of bananas, including ‘rasa kadali’; tapioca; amaranthus; tomato; cabbage; brinjal; chilli etc are being cultivated on the institution premises for the past three years.
“It was mainly because of the initiative of the then DPI Muhammed Hanish that we started the cultivation. In 2009, there was a cleaning drive in the institution. After that, seeing the vacant space, he suggested using it for vegetable cultivation,” said Remadevi.
No pesticides have ever been used for the cultivation. Only organic fertilisers are used.
The ` one lakh earned from the cultivation so far has been deposited with the DPI.
The vegetables are being sold through the DPI society at prices lesser than that of the open market and the institution employees are the customers. And it is their cooperation and selfless thought that has made the cultivation a success.
All the employees help in their own way in nurturing the vegetables.
“There is no obligation that they should do that. But, still, they all lend a hand,” said Rema Devi.