Mystery of the disappearing fish?

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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How to successfully sprout vegetable seeds the natural way

There are many ways to sprout seeds. My favorite way is to mimic nature’s process. That is by replicating birds, reptiles and mammals eating the fruit and excreting the seeds. However, certain plants have their own unique way of procreation like black pepper. Black pepper is usually planted using cuttings and not by seed. In the wild, pepper vine will spread its new tentacle to an adjunct tree and start…

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What went wrong with Cattle Breeding in Kerala?

What has Kerala achieved after 50 plus years of cross breeding and after completely eliminating the local breeds. Hmm, let’s see… Sick and unhealthy cows with an average milk production of 9 liters (8.9 to be precise). Milk looks like water for which dairy farmers are regularly checked with a lacto meter and punished. Milk dependency on other states. More than 95 per cent of the cattle found in Kerala…

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Did you know Medicinal ash gourd (Vaidya Kumbalanga) can be stored for 3 years

Kumbalanga is a general term used for pumpkin and ash gourd in Kerala. However, pumpkin is referred to as Mathan kumbalam and ash gourd as Ilavan Kumbalam. Ilavan (ash gourd) was once an integral part of most Malayalees’ diet. Even today, many vegetable farmers and cultivators maintain this creeper. Off late, lot of hybrid variety is being pumped into the market. Medicinal Ash Gourd – Vaidya Kumbalanga and Nei Kumbalam…

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Is Kerala repeating Cuba’s path of farming?

Kerala and Cuba has undergone tremendous social reforms. They also have a lot of things in similar be it foot ball, tourism (tourism is one of the main sources of income in kerala and cuba), politics(Communist Party has high influence). It reminds me of a Malayalam movie by sreenivasan Arabikatha. Actor Srinivasan’s name in the movie is “cuba Mukundan”. He has great respect for cuba and its leaders. In the movie Mukundan…

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