December 4, 2002 

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Narayanan Namboodiri, Karumath Illam, Kolacheri, Kannur

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For Narayanan Namboodiri, Karumath Illam, Kolacheri, Kannur, cultivation of medicinal plants is a form of worship.  His farmyard is a veritable sanctuary for such plants.

Rare plants like ‘Neela Koduveli’ and Blue Lily are among his collection.  The former, which finds mention in Ayurvedic texts and Puranas, has been brought from Karnataka.  This plant, which grows to a height of 1½ feet and produces bluish white flowers has potential uses in improving the vitality of body cells and the treatment of skin diseases.

Blue Lily, on the other hand, is not easy to grow, as its roots sometimes do not get anchored to the soil.  Namboodiri is growing it in a small tank outside his home.  Rare plant ‘Somalatha’ too grows in abundance here.

He has won the best farmer award in Kolacheri Panchayat.  In his 18-acre land, the medicinal plants share the soil with cash crops like coconut, pineapple, mango and jackfruit.


Courtesy: Mathewkutty, Karshakan, May 1999

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