Individuals and groups in Kerala capital are delivering farm-fresh vegetables to homes this Onam


Vegetables and fruits, immediately procured from farmers, are being equipped at the doorstep

Vellayani, a rural, lakeside suburbs in Thiruvananthapuram, is well-known for its contemporary farm produce. The farm-to-fork supply of greens from Vellayani and its environment got here a boon for farmers and metropolis residents pressured to keep indoors due to the lockdown. Enterprising people and groups started procuring vegetables and fruits immediately from the farmers and delivering at households. With residence supply turning into the brand new regular, most of those ventures have outlived the lockdown season, operating the enterprise by way of Facebook and WhatsApp groups. As the Onam season is in full swing, these networks have gone on an overdrive.

“Even although social distancing norms are in place, folks don’t need to danger oing out for procuring as COVID-19 circumstances are on the rise. I’ve been delivering vegetable kits value ₹100 every in and across the metropolis throughout the lockdown. Onam-special packages can have every thing wanted for a sadya, proper from pickles to upperi,” says Renjith RS. He began residence supply of vegetables after a non-public membership the place he was working shut store throughout the lockdown. “I buy most of the vegetables from a farmer in Kakkamoola, near Vellayani. My day starts at 4 am daily to collect the day’s harvest. My family helps in sorting the vegetables and packing them in bags,” says Renjith.

Click for vegetables

Cashing in on the demand for farm contemporary produce a group of pals from Karyavattam by way of their enterprise, Thiruvambady Fresh. They have already opened bookings for Onam on the group’s Facebook web page. “Till now we have been supplying only those vegetables we are able to get on a particular day. But, for Onam, we are planning to source more varieties and sell them as packs for a family of five,” says Sandeep Kumar RS, one of many companions. The six-member group of Thiruvambady has been accumulating the harvest from farmers and farming cooperatives in Karyavattam, Vellayani, Kakkammoola and Kalliyoor. “Although we didn’t have permanent jobs, we were all earning enough. But the lockdown hit us hard and we had to come up with something to tide over the financial crisis. We started off with buying amaranthus from farmers in Vellayani and selling it on roadsides across the city. That was done on an experimental basis. But it clicked and gradually we added more vegetables in our list. Social media helped us to get regular customers. Now we are on the lookout for a good plot to start farming,” says 30-year-old Sandeep, a technician in an vehicle service centre.

Farmer Friend, a WhatsApp-based enterprise, delivers vegetables grown on the farms of its founders and these sourced from farmers throughout Kerala. “We have potatoes, beans, carrot and cabbage coming from Kumily in Idukki, besides produce from farmers in Alappuzha, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram districts,” says Shafeek A Shihab, one of many member of the group, who has been promoting salad cucumbers and tomatoes grown in his poly-house. “Having established a steady clientèle for my home-grown vegetables, I thought of diversifying and roped in five like-minded friends to start Farmer Friend. In the first week itself, 100 customers joined the group,” says Shafeek.

For Pathayapura Farms, the members didn’t have to go far to receive vegetables. The 4 members of the group (Akash SS, Krishnanand Ok, Ashith AS and Kichu B Nair), are into homsestead farming. “While two of us are based in Attingal, one belongs to Vamanapuram and all of us have small farms in our backyards. At my home in Nagaroor, near Attingal, I cultivate long beans, snake gourd, amaranthus, lady’s finger and the like. The vegetables are sorted and packed at the house of one of the members in Attingal,” says Kichu. “Since we won’t be able to provide vegetable kits, we have arranged for as much varieties as possible, in addition to homemade curry powders,” he provides.

Local self-government our bodies are additionally in the fray to convey contemporary produce immediately to homes. In Vattiyoorkkavu meeting constituency, for instance, bookings for vegetable packs may be made by way of the app, FIESTA. “Those who place orders will get packs worth ₹200 delivered at homes. These vegetables are sourced from farmers in the constituency and other parts of the district. In addition, we are organising a farmers’ market at MLA VK Prasanth’s office at Sasthamangalam till August 29,” says an official with the MLA’s workplace.

Book and purchase

Thiruvambady Fresh: 8136953334, 9037722488

Pathayapura Farms: 8606054020, 9562163809

Farmer Friend: 9995522296 (WhatsApp)

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