Vendors are all smiles at Tunapuna Market as they pose with their goods for Sweet TnT Magazine’s camera on Sunday, December 30, 2012. Some foods on display are Cavali fish and lobster; shrimp, dasheen bush, breadfruit, mangoes, carambola aka five fingers fruit, and pomerac; and melongene, lettuce, plum, and hot pepper.
Vendors display produce at Tunapuna Market
February 2013 – Issue 3 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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By Candida Khan. After retiring at 60 years of age, my dad Fyzul Khan shifted gears into the farming industry twisting road of life. He started off small, using hydroponics and planting small plants such as lettuce and tomatoes in the backyard.
Eventually, he branched off and started his own garden. He now grows crops such as pak choi, peas, corn, cucumber, eggplant, tomato and pumpkin. He has always been a hard worker.
He was the manager of a gas company and after having such a stressful lifestyle in health and safety, life as a farmer has brought him much more joy. When crops grow, you can see the pure happiness on his face. He likes to see his hard work pay off.
Tending to crops is not an easy task and there were many times when he wanted to give up. Obstacles include crops drying out, persons stealing produce or the time-consuming and troublesome task of selling the products. In the beginning, it was very difficult to get crops to grow. Every plant that he painstakingly planted was drying out in the heat.
After a while, Dad went to the land more often and eventually worked out a solution by pumping water from a nearby source. With this change and his investment of time and effort on the land, crops started to grow. There was then an abundance of pumpkin.
Selling them was the next tricky part. My mother Deborah Khan was the mastermind behind the sale of the fruits of his labour. The first crops produced were given away to neighbours, friends and families. We are all thankful for the wonderful products of my dad’s hard work.
Never give up. Keep working towards your goals. Hard work will pay off if you just believe!
October 2015 – Issue 18 www.sweettntmagazine.com