Mangaluru: Thanks to youth's determination, four-acre barren land turns lush green

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jul 31: A four-acre plot in Kilinjaru, Kuppepadavu, which had remained uncultivated for the last many years, now sports a green look as paddy plants have come up there. The man who contributed to this magical transformation happens to be Damodar Shetty from Kilinjaru Munglijaru. 

Damodar was working in a hotel in Gujarat for the last 35 years. As the hotel had to be shut down on account of Covid 19 twice, he became desperate and returned to his hometown. He solely transformed the four-acre plot that had remained barren, into a fertile field. He is an achiever who felt that working in the family land is better than working for someone else.

In his first effort, he planted three types of breeds, Kerala Kutty, Bhadra, and MO 30. He had interest in farming but no experience. He got active support from Manohar Shetty Nadikambalaguthu of Raitasangha Hasiru Sene and local paddy farmers.

The task of making the barren land cultivable was not easy. He worked wholeheartedly from dawn to dusk and used a tractor to make the land fit for cultivation. He did not use any chemical fertiliser or cattle manure for the field, but just bought greens from the hills and added them to the soil. The locals had doubted about his experiment becoming successful but now they are surprised.

Shetty says he has spent Rs 50,000 to revive the land. He said that after planting the seedlings, he worked for others on spare days to see that expenses are balanced with income. In the morning and evening, he attends to the work of irrigation and weeding.

Damodar Shetty stands out as an example for young people who can become successful if they get the right guidance and inspiration, says Manohar Shetty Nadikambalaguthu.






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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    Rita, you are invitation to Mermajal is accepted. Please let me know the location. 🙏

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    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    Well done Mr Shetty. All the best to you

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  • Roshan, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    He wasted his precious 35 years in Gujarat!!

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    Great Damodaranna! You are really a inspiration to todays youth!!! Now a days, educated youth purely concentrate on corporate jobs & completely ignore agriculture (even they have it from their ancestors). In coming days, definitely agriculture is going to be profitable as demand is increasing & supply is decreasing. Other end, corporate jobs becoming more and more competitive & stressful. This might make younger generation to think on agriculture option.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    @ Rita good comments. For a moment i remembered My cousins house and the fields and aracanut trees lined in the area. Mermajal, Padu. I spent great tie of ny chilhood and even grown upp days making picnics, and toddy, kori sukka, sorpotel and some local thel.👍🤠

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    Well done Mr .Shetty.One side this Corona has made all over the world simply life of the people on a success or on downfall.Many people have learnt out of this down fall ,and started a new life ,new way to live and it turned really good.One of them is Mr Shetty .many have to follow I feel.congratulations and wish you further success.Many people were frustrated,suicided.,They had no means too .some did not have courage to start support too.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    No need of going back to Gujarat ...

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Sun, Aug 01 2021

    Two of them ruling the nation and other two are major customers there! Scope for hard worker is at home since he has land to cultivate!

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  • Dr. Zita Lobo, Mangalore/UAE

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    This is actually called reinventing oneself. When one way doesn't work , without despairing one should find alternatives. Mr Damodar Shetty has done well. Congratulations. Hope people support his efforts.

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  • William Rodrigues, Milagres, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Great achievement for a person who is raw in the field. Hats off to him. All the best for his future endeavours.

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  • SAN, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Superb...mindblowing...need of the hour...dont rely on govt,political people ...god bless you.

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Excellent Work my dear Damodar Shetty ! My hearty Congrats to you for your umpteen efforts to till this barren land and planting fruitful yeild of crop of your choice. Good example for all of us. Get going, and going really Well. Thank you ! May the Gracious Almighty protect, guard and guide you always ! God Bless !!!

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