November 12, 2002 

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Kunji Khadar Haji, Karippolil, Athavanad Panchayat, Malappuram.

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Kunji Khadar Haji is proving by his experiment that high yielding hybrid varieties of coconut can be successfully grown even in sandstone-filled areas.

67-year-old Haji is growing ‘Kera Sree’, ‘Kera Saubhagya’, ‘Laksha Ganga’, TxD varieties in the 1 acre rocky terrain and getting good yield.  “Try the seeds in rocky areas like this, you will succeed,” he tells farmers.

Haji, who studied only up to Primary class, was honoured by the State Government with the title, ‘Kera Kesari’, in 1997 for his success in coconut cultivation.

Another innovative effort of his is the preparation of husk-compost.  He uses this manure in his farm.

He gets around 5000 coconuts from his farm per month.  In addition he cultivates per year 500 kg of arecanut, 150 kg of pepper and different varieties of bananas in his 8 acre land in front of his house at Karippolil, Athavanad Panchayat, Malappuram.

At a time when people do not evince much faith in agriculture as a profession, Haji’s experiments prove an inspiration indeed.


Courtesy: Salim Kappil, Mathrubhumi, September 22, 2002

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