Farmer makes tusker Guruvayur Kesavan’s image with paddy art in his farm
Sultan Bathery (Wayanad): A young farmer has created the image of the popular tusker Guruvayur Kesavan as paddy art in his field at Nambikolli here attracting many a people. Praseed Kumar from Bathery is always interested to try creative ideas in farming and this time he went for the paddy art of the tusker.
Praseed designed the tusker’s image using a rare black paddy variety from Gujarat known as ‘Krishna Kaumod’. He also planted paddy saplings of different colours including pale red, violet, pale purple, yellow and dark green to make the background.
The elephant’s sketch was drawn on the tilled field by artist A-One Prasad. Praseed has been making paddy art for last three years. Last year, he created the image of a vulture and a map of India was made in the year before.
Varieties of paddy
Praseed’s paddy fields are a source of multiple varieties of paddy. He has a collection of 117 different paddy varieties brought from various states. Most of them are traditional and medicinal varieties. This year, he cultivated 51 different seeds in 6-acre land.
Praseed brought ‘Kala Namak’ paddy from Uttar Pradesh which is good for kidney and Alzheimer’s patients. The paddy is known to have blessed by Sree Buddha. Also there are Karijagabhala for pregnant women, Ambe More for asthma patients, Sindhoora Madhusala for diabetic patients, Sona Mayuri and Kerala’s traditional paddy types in Praseed’s farm.
Apart from his 2.5-acre land, Praseed has also taken land for lease. He has no trouble to find market for his produce as people flock with orders by the time of harvest. He said that by selling seeds he earns four times more than the amount earned from selling paddy and rice.
Now Praseed has started selling rice via online. He has opened a website from where people can order seeds and rice. Praseed’s wife Viswapriya and children Athmika and Akarshima also support him in farming.