Udupi: Ulloor Kadinakonda-family finds success in mixed farming

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Sep 21: Anand Shetty from Ulloor Kadinakonda in Kandavar is a farmer who has followed organic farming and undertaken a mixed farming method in which he has tasted success. Shetty has been driven by vision of the future, regular study, an interest for the new things and interest in institutional farming. The Anand Shetty-Sumathi Shedthi couple, which has adopted agriculture as their employment, has turned their field into a centre of agriculture that has become a spot of study for many.

The couple, who inherited agriculture, has successfully taken it forward.  They adopted organic methods of agriculture and followed integrated methods of farming. They did not depend on a single method of farming as they believed that multiple, mixed farming can ensure a steady future. This idea they adopted has now become a model for other farmers.  In her eight-acre land they have grown coconut, areca nut, cashew, pepper, paddy, etc. In dry land they also have grown cashew and jasmine. To support the other farming activities, they have taken to dairying. Commencing this year, they have started freshwater pisciculture.

With the aim of achieving self-reliance in apiculture, they produce the organic manure their farm requires on their own. In order to retain the fertility of the soil, they do not use any chemical fertilisers other than lime. They say that when an organic method is adopted, the farm has fewer problems with insects and the growth is uniform.

Along with areca nut, they have also grown black pepper as a sub-crop. The pepper vines that had grown on areca nut trees had recently suffered from a certain disease. The couple has the satisfaction of having reaped a good harvest in the past but is also sorry about having lost the pepper vines. However, they have again planted pepper now.

In paddy cultivation, they have been undertaking new inventions. They keep expenses to the minimum and find good harvest by following natural farming methods, proper maintenance and conservation of vegetation. In their farm, they have adopted drip irrigation and sprinklers. As family members actively undertake to farm, they have got success and satisfaction.


The family has been cultivating jasmine since the last 22 years and maintains 130 jasmine plants. During the season, they get up to 30,000 flowers a day. For manure, they use burnt waste products, cattle urine, groundnut cakes, cattle shed manure, and red soil. They often mix water with cow urine and sprinkle the same on the plants to drive away pests. They have built structures to allow the jasmine plants to grow as they find that this way the weeds can be managed better and flowers can be easily harvested.

Sumathi is a member of Dharmasthala Rural Development Project self hello group. People from various taluks have visited her farm to study the methods.

Freshwater pisciculture

They have formed a pond on 60 cent land where 3,750 fingerlings have been released. For them, this is a new experiment and is using three kg of readymade food for the purpose every day. They expect good harvest at the end and if this becomes successful, plan to undertake modern methods in future.



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  • kateel pai, vitla

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Such a good theme. Far better than the "breaking news" the lame MSM dishes. I wish kids are also exposed to this perspective.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    My hats off to Anand Shetty and his wife Sumathi Shedthi. I have no words to express on the tremendous work they are doing in this successful mixed farming. It takes lot of effort and energy to do such work during all the year round.

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  • Deepu, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Always enjoy writings like this farming and educational. Thanks Daiji. Congrates Anand and family for your hard work, dedication and love for cultivation. Wish you good luck.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Friends, like me, many of us are not able to do the successful farming like this couple.
    But, we can plant our garden with the things, we want to see grow:
    Faith, courage, hope and love, including help and respect for each other,

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  • Arif, Dubai/Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Definetely one day I will....

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  • PINTO, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    No amount of money earned overseas gives peace of mind as much as this!! I would love to live in an atmosphere like this after my retirement. God bless this family with good harvest for their efforts and also keeping the weather cool

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Many of us may want to follow them, but unfortunately, due to our jobs in the cities, due to no land from parents, due to dearth of capital, and commitment to our growing children, we cannot fulfill our dreams of such activity. Also, many wives educated in convent schools, do not like to toil in the soil.

    Many years ago, myself and my daughter, then 14, were walking on seashore and we found many couples, young and old there. Looking at one young couple, my daughter said, they may be an engaged couple. A little further, there was a couple, one looking east and other west. I asked my daughter what about them and she said definitely, they are a married couple.

    Look at the couple in this picture, due to their hearts placed in the work together, how blissful, they might be. They do not have any time or inclination for any wayward activities. Happy is a man, who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife (old saying).

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Reminds me of an old saying "Don't put all your eggs in one Basket" ...

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Congratulations to this couple for their hard work in their field...May god bless their efforts...Why is it so jossey sir? They will crack? How about planting some trees of fruits/shade and plants of beautiful flowers in the compounds of your resorts? By November they will yield...your favourite disciples birthday is there at the end of November... let's make it an event.....all commentators will be the invitees....better option is your kaup resort...best for all....there our shetty annas canteen is there which prepares our local yummy snacks...!! Start implementing the idea sir..

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    I was keen to start a fish pond a few years ago. But that did not take off for various reasons.

    I wish the Shetty couple every success in their farming. It requires a lot of manual work, and often the profits are modest. So one needs to have real love for farming (as I can see in the couple). It is not something for a person who wants big returns.

    The pictures of the pepper leaves reminded me how Ibn Battuta, the Morroccan who visited our region in 1340 CE, described them for the benefit of his readers in far away Maghrib (Morocco). He said the leaves were like horse's ears.

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  • mohan bhat, mangalore

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    wishing Anand Shetty all success in his endeavours. The way they have developed their agricultural land and carry out multi cropping method of agriculture, is truly motivating to other farmers, It is my suggestion that they can add certain crops like Moringa{drumstick] which can be grown in the border areas of the farm, Breadfruit, which fetches respection price in the market etc.,
    The goverment should extend all the support to Anand Shetty in his developmental endeavours.

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