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Tips for Profitable Rain Shelter Cultivation by a Successful Farmer

Tooba Maher
Tooba Maher

Similar to a greenhouse, rain shelters are naturally ventilated and are put together using GI (Galvanised Iron) pipes, wooden or bamboo poles. Their roofs are made up of a transparent UV-stabilised low-density polyethylene film that accentuates crop cultivation within your premises around the year. 

In recent times, rain shelter cultivation has become quite a rage in Kerala. Among the farmers in the state who have taken up the innovative method is Premanandan. He is a Vigilance Sub-Inspector from the Moozhikkal town in Kozhikode. Premanandan has been successfully harvesting 12 kilos of vegetables every single day from his 0.025-acre plot for the last 8 years. 

It will be surprising to know that he has not purchased vegetables to meet his household requirements for all these years. 

An active farmer, Premanandan grows about 10 different vegetable varieties including tomato, okra, long beans, brinjal, bitter gourd, amaranth, chili and scarlet gourd with four different types of amaranth. 

Adding to it, he also cultivates ginger and bush black pepper in 130 grow-bags on top of the compound wall. According to him, he harvests about 100 pepper bunches from the bush pepper. 

Premanandan practices organic farming and only uses cow dung and urine as fertilizers for the plants and spends an hour each in morning and evening tending his plants. 

His wife Reena lends a helping hand in all his green endeavors. Premanandan is the father of two sons who are both pursuing engineering degrees. He had taken up farming to compensate for his hectic work life which often resulted in stress or boredom. Apart from farming, he also invests his time in dairy farming and raises different breeds of cattle. 

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