Express news service
KOCHI: Coming from a farming family, farming has always been a passion for Jobis Joseph, from Kattappana, who emigrated to Ireland in search of a job around 10 years ago. Now in Ireland’s North Atlantic Island in a county overlooking Mount Seskin, Jobis has teamed up with Shabu Paul and Brijoy John to grow vegetables and fruit on the farmland allotted to them by Bohernabreena. Allotments. The Bohernabreena housing estates with 40 plots were created by Paddy Phibbs, a local farmer, in 2012.
Shabu is from Kolenchery in Ernakulam, while Brijoy is from Taliparamba in Kannur. The duo arrived in Ireland looking for a job five years ago. While Jobis worked as a manager with the MHL group in Dublin, Shabu and Brijoy are employed in the food industry.
The Malayali trio grows 16 varieties of vegetables and fruits – strawberry, blueberry, balloon berry and currant, in addition to vegetables like carrot, cauliflower, potato and broccoli – in farmland during the two last years. Their hard work paid off as they took home the 2021 Best Organic Vegetable and Fruit Grower award at a county-level agricultural show held in Tallaght, south Dublin on the 4th September.
Up to 74 lot holders participated in the exhibition. County Councilor Brian Lawler presented the trio with the trophy for Best Organic Vegetable and Fruit Grower at the farewell ceremony. “Taking care of our plants gives us satisfaction and relieves us of all the stress. We are now experimenting with Kerala vegetables on our farm. Although we stay about 10 km away, we spend our free hours here. There are a lot of Indians in our community and we distribute farm products to them, ”Jobis said.