World’s Biggest and Heaviest Tuber Vegetable: Food Security for the underprivileged

Greater yam with roots and shoot

It’s a myth that organic farming yields less. To some extent it is correct, at least in Kerala. Kerala is blessed with bountiful rains, so normal vegetables like tomatoes, beans, chilies, onion etc barely survive, leave aside fruiting. However one thing that grows and yields well are tubers. Greater yams (Dioscorea alata) being one among them.In the past few decade’s various people have successfully harvested massive roots of yam, greater…

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Why are Nursery Grown Plants and Trees Unhealthy?

Spiral root growth in grow bags

Have you ever wondered why plants planted and nurtured on their own are healthy and yield well without pest attack and other problems? First let’s understand why nature-grown trees are healthier and yield well and live much longer. Nature-grown trees will have abundant green foliage and fruits. This can be witnessed in forests as well as naturally grown plants from seeds coupled with a few other factors. Healthy Plants will…

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Effective Natural ways to Control and use weed

Cows enjoying weeds after heavy rains

Seeds are sown by humans; weeds by God. As this saying shows, it really is difficult to compete with weeds while farming. De-weeding becomes a back breaking process without smart planning. Weeds will suck up most of the nutrients from the soil in any available form and some weeds will make their own by using soil, air microbes, sunlight and water as solvent. Weeds can also be beneficial for other…

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How do DDT, Endosulfan and other pesticide react with Human Body?

Victims of endosulfan kasargod

Dr G Nammalvar once said in his TED talk and laughed,“Poisons are called medicine in local languages”(puchi marande– medicine for pest‘tamil’). Any word that ends in “cide” would be killing something. So chemicals which kill pest is known as pesticide, insect – insecticide, bacteria – bactericide, fungus – fungicide, rodent – rodenticide, spider – acaricide, herb – herbicide, weed – weedicide and suicide is self killing. Furadan is a granular…

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Making a Perfect Bamboo Harvester

Straighten Bamboo poles with just few heavy stones

Bamboo plays a crucial role in any farm. They have countless uses and benefits. Let’s look at how to choose a good bamboo pole harvester for picking fruits. The goal is to make it strong and light once dried. All the bamboo varieties are generally very strong. Most of the times fresh bamboo will already have an arch because of leaves at the top. Once you cut the bamboo there…

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Mystery of the disappearing fish?

Dried bed because of "Basalt rock retaining wall"

Once upon a time Kerala was blessed with lots of fresh water fishes. I mean just 20 years back there were numerous fishes in Ponds, Lakes, Canals and rivers. I have witnessed Almost all the species have gone missing or are on the verge of extinction. There were some migratory fishes too that are also very rarely seen nowadays. Freshwater Fishes and Aquatic life Disappearing Let’s check some of the…

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