Success Story of a Widow Updated On 2017-11-15
Name : LathaRaveendran
Block : Puzhakal
Total cultivation area:5Acre,2polyhouse
Smt.LathaRaveendran’s is a story of courage and determination and is a great example for the socio economic changes that Kudumbashree has imparted on the women of Kerala.
Latha became a widow in 1992.She had a son and was left with no options to survive.She decided to take agriculture as livelihood and started farming in small area. Initially it was all problems and loss for some years. When Kudumbashree startedfunctiong in Thrissur district she became an active member .
In 2002 a training was organised by the District Mission and Agricultural Research Centre,Mannuthi for using machines in Agriculture . She joined in the first batch and after 24 days of training she purchased 3 machines for planting with the help of the Parappur Cooperative Society and started working arduously.
Since the repairing works were not included in the 1st batch of training Latha was at a loss when the machines broke down at times.But she was not affected ..Studying the machine manual and consulting with local mechanics she learned fast and became an expert to repair works also.Today she says she can repair any part of the machines. She has worked with her machines in the fields of not only Thrissur but in other districts also -almost 2500 acres of land per year.
Now she is recognised as the leader of women farmers in the District.In 2010 she lead the planting of 300 acres of land acquired by the Agriculture University within 5 days.Using the yearly profits she bought cutting and harvesting machine and an grass cutti g machine.
Dr.M.S.Swaminathan recognised her as the prime example of women empowerment in Kerala.In 2013 she was awarded Best Farmer in TholurPanchayat,Best Farmer of Kudumbashree in the District.In 2015 her group received Award for the best JLG in Kerala.
In her harm Latha is cultivating 1000 banana,coupie,Carrot,cabbageetc.using modern technology like polyhouse and drip irrigation etc.She has also got training of Mahendra in tractor driving and ploughing.In her polihouse she is doing organic Agriculture .
Latha today is the secretary of JEVA Thrissur ,and lately awarded the best JEVA in the District by the Hon‘ble Minister Dr.K.T.Jaleel.