04 December, 2020

24 Hours In Life Of K.R. Vancheeswaran: Of Plantations, Sustainable Tourism And A Big Slice Of Nature

K.R. Vancheeswaran is the president of Wayanad Tourism Organisation. Not just paddy, coffee and spices, the 57-year-old farmer is aggressively exploring the potential of ecotourism

24 Hours In Life Of K.R. Vancheeswaran: Of Plantations, Sustainable Tourism And A Big Slice Of Nature
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2019-11-25T11:53:56+05:30

K.R. Vancheeswaran, 57, or simply Vanchy as everyone calls him here, wakes up to the sweet call of the Malabar whistling thrush every morning. Soon, as the sun melts the enveloping morning mist, his 45-acre coffee plantation in the picturesque Thrikkaipetta village in Wayanad is filled with myriad bird calls—the dramatic Racket-Tail Drongo, the busy family of weaver birds in the areca nut cluster, the iridescent orioles and minivets. The plantation slopes down to the rice-milk-laden paddy fields, where lapwings and egrets traipse. “To make plantation sustainable we have multiple farming.

Along with coffee, we grow pepper, cinnamon, cloves, areca nut, bananas, vegetables. This also contributes to the bio-diversity of the surrounding forest, which reduces human-animal conflicts,” Vanchy says.

He has a degree in botany and has worked in Botswana and Kenya in farming-related enterprises. Wife Jaya, a civil engineer, works in the irrigation department. Their daughter is a teacher in California. As Jaya leaves for work, Vanchy goes on a round of his...

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