A turning point in my life
Mr. Senthil Kumar, 36 years old is a farmer hailing from Periyakuili village at Coimbatore. His entire family has been into farming for many generations now.
Mr. Senthil Kumar, 36 years old is a farmer hailing from Periyakuili village at Coimbatore. His entire family has been into farming for many generations now. He was cultivating commercial crops such as chilies, corn and coconut in his farm land of 20 acres. With the monsoons becoming unpredictable and rains failing, to compensate for loss of income, he started a poultry farm in 2005.
However, the situation only worsened. Because of the hot climate and drought, the young chicks and hens in the farm started dying. Overheat led to increase in mortality rate of hens at an alarming speed. Having met failure at both farming and poultry business, he was looking at alternate source of livelihood.
It was at that time ISHA – PGH came to his village for promoting tree plantation. They offered trees which seemed the simplest solution to the problems faced by farmers in his village.
The farmer describes how things changed from then on “I got introduced to ISHA – PGH in 2009 and only when they spoke about trees, I realized that though I am basically from a farming family, I had so much of misconception. They provided me nearly 500 tree saplings and today I am enjoying the benefits of the trees planted.”
PGH had provided the farmer Teak, Kumizh, Sisu and Manjal Kadambai saplings. The farmer planted the trees in the sides of the farm. As per the guidance of PGH team, he watered the saplings regularly even it was a dry season.
During the dry season when the entire village was struggling for water, he managed with the water tank in his poultry farm and Motor pump set. Now after three years of plantation, around 75% saplings were survived, the trees had grown up to 15-18 feet height in the poultry farm.
He further adds on, “Now it is 3 years from sapling plantation, the trees have grown well and I am earning 50% more income comparatively. When these timber trees are ready for sale, I will plant two trees when I take a tree down. We are poor people and this income will definitely help my children’s future.
The turning point for my life, I would say was in the year 2009 when ISHA – PGH entered in my life”.