Udupi DC functioning as district magistrate, creative farmer with equal zeal

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Apr 6: The deputy commissioner (DC) of Udupi has been a busy man always, as he has to attend his office work and participate in video conferences, meetings and functions, as well as government programmes and interactions. Still, he has taken a lot of interest in growing organic greens and vegetables around his residence at Ajjarkad here. He has emerged as a role model for the citizens of the district and also the officials because of his efficiency and love for farming.

Anyone who takes a walk around the DC's house is sure to fall in love with the lush green plants tended by the DC and his wife with care.

The deputy commissioner, G Jagadeesha, hails from a family of farmers in Sorab taluk, Shivamogga district. It has become his hobby to grow a garden full of vegetable plants wherever he is transferred, near his residence. He also has grown some fruit plants. He even has planted guava plants and mango saplings which he brought from Kolar.

The DC grows the vegetables his family needs in an organic way instead of relying on vegetables grown by using chemical fertilisers. Even though he is busy most of the time, whenever time permits, he joins his wife, Soumya, in manuring or watering the plants, weeding etc with a pickaxe in hand.

People who approach the DC's residence come across okra plants, different greens like fenugreek, amaranth, radish, spring onion etc. There are also plants of Mattu Gulla, ridge gourd vines, tomato plants, spinach, cilantro, snake gourd, long beans and ash gourd creepers etc.

The DC's family uses aerobic manure for feeding the vegetation. Instead of throwing vegetables, peels and other wet waste, Jagadeesha's wife makes aerobic manure from this waste and uses the same to grow the plants in the garden. As organic manure is used, the plants grow in a robust way. The aerobic manure is prepared by storing the wet waste in three containers that are used by rotation.

Recently, under the guidance of the apiary experts in the department of horticulture, Jagadeesha has started beekeeping. He says that he has undertaken this measure to get pure honey.

The DC says that the vegetables grown by ourselves are tasty besides giving us a kind of pleasurable feeling. "Moving around the garden raised by us gives us a sense of happiness and fulfilment. Even when I reach home late at night, I go to the garden with light to watch it. My farming background and interest in raising plants have inspired me to do all this," he confesses.


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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Wed, Apr 07 2021

    Covid 2nd wave go in morning,/evening you can see huge crowds of migrants and laborers. Devise strategy to immunize them, 2 doses twice the work. Don't expect easy voluntary free vaccinations, have to strict aadhaar based compliance policy. Or garden and wait for govt sop to come. Except for kerala no govt rewards bureaucratic initiative they just transfer.

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  • Jerry, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 07 2021

    He is a role model indeed....

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  • Indian, Udupi

    Wed, Apr 07 2021

    "STUNT MAN" of Udupi... Running on the footsteps of chokidar.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Wed, Apr 07 2021

    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸರಳತೆ ಶ್ಲಾಘನೀಯ....

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Wed, Apr 07 2021

    There cannot be a bigger hobby then gardening. There is real life in it.Watering and planting plants itself keeps you in good health.He is the real source of inspiration to everyone.You made us proud.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 07 2021

    We want a DC like G Jagadeesh in all Districts of Karnataka ...

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Wed, Apr 07 2021

    Jossey sir, when you come to udupi, you should meet him without any fail and implement such gardening, farming in nallasopara after discussing with him in detail. Hope you have not forgotten to meet one of our great personalities Mr. Joe Gonsalves...he is controlling the traffic in Mangaluru.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 07 2021

    Cynthia, Kirem - I live in Brindavan which is the biggest township in Thane ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 07 2021

    Cynthia, Kirem - I live in Suratkal. I will be glad if you accompany me to Ajjarkad ...

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  • Rosy Dsouza, Bajpe, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    Keep up the good work Sir. You have become a role model for the young. While you are serving the people of Udupi a selfless service, you take your time from your busy schedule to grow your own vegetables and plants. Gardening, watering the plants and just walking around and watching the work of your hands grow beautifully is a great stress buster. May God bless you.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    DC Basale muni malpuvera ???... ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Basale dompa, Belman

    Wed, Apr 07 2021

    Ijji Langoolacharyare. Avvu maatha belmanid masth bulever. Althe udupig barpunu

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