Kerala witnessed a record breaking increase in the harvest of Puncha paddy farming this year. A total of 6.94 lakh metric ton paddy was collected from 1.37 lakh hectare land in the state. This is for the first time that more than 6 lakh ton paddy is procured after Supplyco took up procurement of paddy in 2005-06.
Compared to previous year, an extra 2.10 lakh ton paddy could be harvested. An excess of 48,000 tons paddy was collected from Alappuzha which was devastated in the flood havoc last year.
|District||Paddy procured (in tonnes)|
Paddy procured since 2014 (tonnes)
Floods gave good yield
Assistant Director of Agriculture Department B. Smitha said that fertility of the soil increased after the floods. Silt was deposited in the paddy fields in the deluge and the land became fertile.
The presence of the elements which are essential for paddy cultivation was also doubled. A considerable decline could be seen in the pest menace as well. The low rainfall during summer also turned out to be helpful for the Puncha farming, she added.