Tomato farming in Alappuzha is taking a unique and advanced approach inspired by Israeli agricultural techniques. A local farmer in Kanjikuzhy has embraced this innovative method, making use of specially designed mini poly houses for tomato cultivation.
Unlike traditional methods, these mini poly houses provide a controlled environment for the tomato seedlings. The process starts with transplanting the seedlings onto raised beds. These beds are then covered with special sheets to protect the plants.
The driving force behind this pioneering initiative is Sujith Swami Nikarthil, the enterprising farmer. This method promises to effectively manage pests and diseases, ultimately leading to increased tomato production. Moreover, the technique allows for year-round farming, ensuring a steady supply of tomatoes.
Agriculture Minister P. Prasad graced the inaugural event of this experimental project. He planted a seedling to mark the occasion, highlighting the importance of innovative farming practices.
Sujith Swami Nikarthil’s journey into modern agriculture began with a visit to Israel as part of an Agriculture Department program. Alongside a delegation of 27 farmers, Nikarthil explored the latest farming techniques, which later inspired his tomato cultivation endeavor.
Before venturing into tomato farming, Nikarthil found success with an Israeli-inspired banana farm in Cherthala South Grama Panchayat. Here, he utilized an unconventional approach by planting three saplings in each pit, differing from the traditional one-pit-one-plant method. This high-density strategy led to an impressive yield of 1,200 tissue culture banana plants, featuring five distinct varieties.
The Alappuzha tomato project is set to revolutionize local agriculture by offering an effective and sustainable method for cultivating tomatoes. With the support of various dignitaries, including Kanjikuzhy Grama Panchayat President Geetha Karthikeyan, the farming initiative is poised for success.
By adopting innovative Israeli techniques and embracing new approaches, Sujith Swami Nikarthil and his team are paving the way for a brighter future in agriculture. This initiative not only enhances tomato cultivation but also demonstrates the potential of modern farming practices to transform the agricultural landscape.