S Kumar, a security employee in Thiruvananthapuram, is on a mission to experiment with new techniques for using biomanure for farming which can give a higher yield.
Kumar, who hails from Nettathottam near here, is basically a farmer. He finds time everyday for cultivating organic crops. He is interested in producing tuber crops on the land surrounding his house. Usage of biomanure prepared by Kumar had given good yield and he was able to produce yam weighing more than 50 kilograms.“The cultivation of tuber crops starts during the month of February. Now I am on an effort to produce the largest yam using the manure mixed with several organic substances”, Kumar said. The produce using biomanure had given him good returns too as most of the people prefer organic vegetables. According to Kumar, people like to have vegetables which do not contain any poisonous pesticides. Those who have a small piece of land too can start farming vegetables if they can spare a little time daily. A good produce can be obtained if one hour is spent daily for cultivation, he says.
The unique cultivation method of Kumar had helped him bag several awards during agriculture fairs.
He has now sought the support of C S Ravindran, a scientist from Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) for cultivating vegetables in the right manner. The mix of manure is made from cow dung, bone powder, jaggery, ghee, coir pith, banana, milk, curd and egg. This biomanure tonic is used for cultivation. Neither does the biomaure create any environmental pollution nor does it poison the vegetables.
On the other hand it helps the crop ward off any type of diseases.