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Tuesday, 24 November 2020 3.46 PM IST

Following Kerala Kaumudi report, MSc holder made Rs 1.5 lakh by selling Kanthari saplings

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KOTTAYAM: Money grows on Kanthari (bird's eye chilli) saplings for MSc holder Abin, literally. Within 2 months, Abin, a 24-year-old made about Rs 1.5 lakhs by selling Kanthari saplings. At present, he has about one lakh orders for the saplings. Each sapling is sold at Rs 5. Keralakaumudi was the motivation for Abin K Thomas in starting this business. He was working at a startup company in Kochi when a job offer from Germany came. However, while he was preparing for Germany, a nationwide lockdown was imposed due to COVID-19. Kanamala Service Cooperative Bank in Kottayam started a Kanthari farming project at this time. Many people came forward willing as the bank bought the chilly at a floor price of Rs 250 per kg. Keralakaumudi had reported this on the front page of the newspaper on June 24. The idea to start Kanthari farming grew in Abin's mind. On contacting the bank, they also enouraged. Following the Keralakaumudi report, the bank received several calls regarding the Kanthari saplings. Abin got the support of father Thomas, mother Jessy, sister Angel and relative Molly as the number of orders surged.

Abin received orders from places like Venjaramoodu to Kannur. As there is a lack of saplings to meet the demand, he is now selling a fixed number per month. Abin received so many orders due to the Keralakaumudi report. After COVID, he will fly to Germany and the farming will be handed over to his family.

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