Sunday, November 10, 2013

Visiting Soorya Narayanan's farm

Some time back I had blogged about 'Soorya Narayana's weed controlling style' -http://farming-experiments.blogspot.in/2010/11/controlling-weeds-soorya-narayanas.html. Today I just visited to him to show the scythe which I had bought recently.

He is a complete natural farmer and cultivates coconut, banana, rubber and paddy. His farm also has suppota, lemon, mango etc. He does not have any animals, and does not use any manure, but just mulches with coconut leaves, husk etc. He does not have enough water for watering throughout the year. He has around 530 coconut trees which are harvested and last month got around 7000 coconuts. This month coconut is less every where after the severe drought of the last summer. But before that he got around 22,000 coconuts. Here are some photos..

Lemon has lot of fruits

Banana  is an intercrop, and variety mysore pooval (palayamkodan) does very well

Mucuna is seen some places, according to him it just came by itself


Mango saplings are planted in between coconuts

Coconut trees with ground cover

Sappota tree with full of fruits



Base of the coconut trees are not mulched, mulching is done just outside the canopy


Little guard among weeds


Soorya Narayanettan with scythe
 

6 comments:

Biju P said...

Hi Nandan,

Thanks for sharing the pictures!! Nice!
Is 22000 coconuts in a single harvest?

-Biju

Gowtham @ The Quest for my Passion said...

Where is his farm located and how many acres is his farm..

Nandakumar said...

Yes, Biju, he is getting that much in a single harvest. Trees are very productive and if you get 2 bunches, that should meet that number. I wanted to take a photo of the harvested coconuts, will do that in the next visit.


Regards,
Nandan

Nandakumar said...

The farm is in Thenur,Palakkad,Kerala and is around 15 acres

Regards,
Nandan

Gowtham @ The Quest for my Passion said...

Thanks for the response....

Biju P said...

Wow!! 22000 from 530 trees!! In Aug I got around 9600 from 410 trees and in Oct I got around 7800....I long way to go after seeing his number...:-)