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10-Year-Old Ayush Dedicates Time To Backyard Gardening

Ayush sells his vegetables to his neighbours and at his mother’s workplace.
23 Aug 2020 15:56
10-Year-Old Ayush Dedicates Time To Backyard Gardening
Ayush Charan harvests cucumbers at his backyard vegetable garden in Ki Street, Wailoku. Photo: Sheenal Charan

A 10-year-old boy is a living testimony for youths to explore other means of earning money.

Ayush Charan, who aspires to become a policeman, is a Year five student of Samabula Primary School. He does backyard vegetable gardening at his residence in Ki Street at Wailoku, Suva.

“I began planting vegetables during COVID-19 lockdown,” Ayush said.

“I learnt the methods of farming from my dad. He sometimes help me in the weekend.”

Ayush sells his vegetables to his neighbours and at his mother’s workplace.

Ayush finds it better to plant fresh vegetables and fruit in the backyard than to beautify his compound with flowers.

Ayush Charan at his backyard vegetable garden in Ki Street, Wailoku. Photo: Sheenal Charan

Ayush Charan at his backyard vegetable garden in Ki Street, Wailoku.
Photo: Sheenal Charan

Ayush dedicates two hours in the weekdays and five hours in the weekends to his garden. He does not use fertilisers, instead prefers to use household peels and poultry manure.

“I save a lot of money using fruits and vegetable peels from home or buying a bag of poultry manure for $3 per bag,” he said.

“My family no longer has to buy vegetables from the market, and I wish to continue backyard farming in the future.

“I save my earnings in a bottle to cater for my needs and I also buy more vegetable seeds from it.”

Ayush plants egg plants, amaranth greens (choraiya), cabbage, cassava, tomatoes and more.

Ayush encourages youths not to solely depend on their parents for money but to explore other means that were available.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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