Meet the ‘Pumkin Man’ of Bahrain
 
, Posted on 07-Mar-2017


Meet the ‘Pumkin Man’ of Bahrain

Manama : A lush and vibrant stretch of pumpkins near Saar mosque is unbelievably hard to ignore. The owner of the farm, 17-year-old Hussain Alzeera, is a student  of Al Raja School who has been an avid gardener for as long as he can remember. Hussain has been harvesting over 2000 kgs of organic and chemically fertilised pumpkins along with other green goodies since the age of 15.

 Well, the pumpkins in his farm by nature are pretty hard to ignore. 

 During Western falls, you find them just about everywhere, from your local grocery store to your Starbucks latte. But to find a vast carpet of pumpkins laid out in a little corner of Bahrain seems to be something out of Cinderella’s fairy tale and magic.

Hussain disagrees. “It’s love”, says he.  “You see these kids playing here?” he asks pointing to at a bunch of giggly children posing away on humpty pumpkins, “They are the ones who add warmth to the field and of course I look after it.

“So there are no specific tricks, gardening equipment or formulae. It is simply a result of heaps of hard-work, persistence and love.” And having met the ‘Pumpkin Man’ himself, one can vouch for his words as the bright and cheerful pumpkins and kids smile right back at you.

“This is something I do annually and it happens almost effortlessly. It takes two to three months to nurture the seeds and they start bearing vegetables around October, just in time for Halloween,” he smiles.

Apart from pumpkins, Hussain also cultivates cauliflowers, butternuts, tomatoes and other vegetables planted on his plot. In the summers, he transforms his patch of pumpkins into juicy watermelons.

While the young harvester constantly experiments with his green fingers, he also runs an import business in the Kingdom and manages his academics.

 “People often ask me how I find the time? My answer to them is: everybody has time if you have the will to find time for things and people you love,” says Hussain with a smile.

“I am a simple person. I am blessed and I have never really wished for more but I do put my heart and soul into the little dreams I pursue. This is my final year of school and once I am done, I am going to travel the world.”

As he globetrots, the Pumpkin Man wishes to explore gardening and cultivation techniques in countries around the world so he can one day open a Bahraini nursery that holds products enabling the growth of every kind of plant in the Kingdom too.

“We often overlook agriculture here. We think the soil is not capable enough. But in all honesty, if you try hard, most things are possible. I love raspberries and I would really like to see them grow here at some point!” he says excitedly.

 

 

Although this may be the last year Hussain’s harvest spreads love and joy on the island, if all goes well, he is keen on hosting Bahrain’s very first ‘Pumpkin Picking’ event in October.

The world’s biggest pumpkin on record is worth 2624.6 pounds. While Hussain’s pumpkins may not compare in size, they definitely contain oodles more of the harvester’s special ingredient - love.

His once private pumpkin patch has now turned into a buzzing public attraction, a testimony to everything this beautiful island stands for. After all, the language of the Kingdom too is inclusivity and love.

You can meet the Pumpkin Man himself every Friday proudly showcasing and selling his harvest right next to his pumpkin plot.

Arunita Praharaj/DTNN news@dt.bh


Related News

Auction centre to end illegal car trade
Mar 26

Auction centre to end illegal car trade

Manama : With an aim to curb the menace of illegal sale of second-hand cars in the Kingdom, the Capital Municipal Council has decided to open an auto auction centre here.The foundation stone for the centre will be laid in Tubli within the next 18 months,  authorities stated yesterday.The auto auction centre...

Read More
New Isa Town primary school set to open
Mar 24

New Isa Town primary school set to open

Manama  : The new Isa Town School for Boys is all set to open for the new academic year 2017-18.Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi announced the inauguration as he visited Isa Town School for Boys, where he met the administrative staff.He was briefed on preparations being undertaken by the authorities to raze...

Read More
Indian fishermen detained in Iran still await release
Mar 24

Indian fishermen detained in Iran still await release

Manama : Despite orders from Iranian courts, the 30-odd Indian fishermen, who were detained by Iranian cost guards in October 2016, were not as yet released by the Iran port officials, reports said  yesterday. They are still languishing in their seized boats, moored somewhere in the port vicinity, said the...

Read More
Wrong details  stamped on passport pages
Mar 23

Wrong details stamped on passport pages

Manama : The bizarre case of two Indian nationals who got their passports stamped with other people’s details on visa pages was solved in two days.Jithin Kumar and Sumith were the passport holders who had wrong details stamped on their passports.Kumar had details of another Indian national pasted on to his...

Read More
MoH fee hike hits traders hard
Mar 24

MoH fee hike hits traders hard

Manama : The Ministry of Health’s (MoH) decision to hike cigarette licence fees has negatively affected the small and medium businesses in the Kingdom. In the past, MoH had charged only BD25 for small and BD50 for medium businesses as fees for selling cigarettes. But the new rules of the MoH have made it...

Read More
150 instructors  issued permits
Mar 22

150 instructors issued permits

Manama : More than 150 driving instructors were issued licenses in the past two years in a bid to enhance the driving learning process in Bahrain, Captain Khalid Bugais, Legal Affairs Head at the General Directorate of Traffic, has said. The number of Bahraini instructors at the country’s only driving school in...

Read More
Need transparency on fiscal health status: MP
Mar 22

Need transparency on fiscal health status: MP

Manama : Bahraini parliamentarians are “crippled” as they are unaware of the financial status of the country, an MP claimed yesterday. Demanding Finance Minister Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa to “open-up” about the economic and financial challenges the Kingdom is witnessing, MP Isa Al Kooheji called...

Read More
Debate over weak diplomacy remark
Mar 22

Debate over weak diplomacy remark

Manama : A legislator’s comments on Bahrain’s diplomacy in the global arena as “weak” and “helpless”, sparked a heated debate in the House of Representatives’ weekly meeting yesterday. While discussing a proposal to establish more embassies in different countries,...

Read More
French team to visit Bahrain
Mar 20

French team to visit Bahrain

Manama : The Representatives Council yesterday held a coordination meeting under the chairmanship of MP Abdulrahman Bumjid to discuss the visit of the Bahraini-French Friendship Society delegation from the French National Assembly, led by Secretary General of the Friendship Group and Mayor of Altkirch MP...

Read More
UAE summons Swiss ambassador over Bahrain statement
Mar 20

UAE summons Swiss ambassador over Bahrain statement

Manama: The United Arab Emirates has summoned the Swiss ambassador over remarks made by Switzerland to the UN over the human rights situation in Bahrain. Dr. Abdul Rahim Al Awadhi, UAE Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation for Legal Affairs, summoned Maya Tissafi, Ambassador of...

Read More