Yazdy Palia: Farming the Parsi Way

Farming the Parsi way

CHETHALAYAM: In the wilderness, the lone Parsi farmer of the district (may be of the entire state) lives a lonely life. Enjoying the comfort of wilderness that creeps into his farm gradually, Yazedy Palia is a contented man.

6jul_parsi Located about 15 km from Sulthan Bathery, the 50-acrefarm looked like an extension of the jungle. Owned by his father R E Palia, Yazedy took over the farm in 1998.

“My grandfather Y R Palia came here in 1920s as part of a medical treatment. He was loosing his eye sight and some of the eminent doctors in Bombay told him to shift to some other places with greenery to bring back his eye sight”, said Palia, the junior.

“My father was a different person. He travelled only by bus. At the age of 16, he came here and lived a very adventurous life. His experiments proved successful and he realised the value of timber led to buying lot of land here”, he said.

Palia junior came here in 1998 when his brother, who was supervising the farm, was shifted to Mysore.

“I follow a farming method of my own without using any pesticides and chemicals and follows the nature’s ways without intervening into the laws of nature,” Palia said.

Why did he turn to biofarming? “All the diseases have their natural enemies in earth. You need only to nurture them. Since 2000, I use only bio-fertilizers like pseudomonas and trichoderma”, he said.

But he gets only a meagre income from the big farm and for a living he entered into spice trade.

“I enjoy every moment I spent here. I want nature to remain pristine. We have spotted deer and many other animals in my holding. Elephant herds raid my farm every day in search of food”, said Palia.

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  • Palia

    Dear Arzan,
    I know you got the article from Indian Express. They got my name wrong and a few facts wrong too.
    I am Yazdy Palia and not Yazedy.
    They claim that I am leading a lonely life which is not true. I thoroughly enjoy the solitude, try to solve some of the mysteries of nature .sometimes I succeed sometimes I fail, but I thoroughly enjoy everything that I do.
    Besides the coffee plantation, I also have a pepper processing plant.I trade in spices to a few industries in India and am in touch with a few importers from Europe and the Arabian gulf.
    The Indian Express reporters came to me asking for the problems I am facing from wild elephants (they come into my farm every night and cause a lot of destruction).
    I gave them a talk on the fact that the animals could not be blamed but the obstacles created by stupid government officers.
    I gave them the facts of the more serious problems that am facing from the government of Kerala. I gave them enough evidence of it, however ,they published what appealed to them about me.
    In any case, thank you for publishing about me.
    Yazdy Palia.

  • Dear Yazdy

    Thanks for your comments. I have corrected the title of the article with the correct spelling of your name.

    If you emailed them an article, do send it to me and I would love to carry a proper accurate version of it here on Parsi Khabar.