Agriculture assistant cultivates 4 varieties of paddy seeds in land unused for 30 yrs
Palakkad: An agriculture assistant is not merely responsible for advising the farmers about cultivation. Abdul Khader, the agriculture assistant in Eruthempathy Krishi Bhavan in Palakkad, has proven that he can do more than his office duties by successfully cultivating 4 varieties of paddy seeds in a barren land. The land was remaining unused for over 30 years.
Hailing from Pazhaniyarpalayam in Kozhinjampara, Abdul Khader cultivated paddy in a one acre land owned by his neighbour. The land was remaining unused for over three decades due to water scarcity. He chose traditional and fast-growing paddy seeds like Njavara, Rakthasali, ASD-16 and Manuratna. Each seed is cultivated in 25 cent plot.
Abdul Khader said that he is cultivating the different traditional seeds in order to distribute them to the farmers. He has been working as agriculture assistant for about 12 years. The 3-week-old plants are given only organic fertilizers like cow dung, goat droppings and neem cake.
Though he is busy with office duties, Abdul Khader manages to visit the field every morning and works with the labourers. His wife Haseena, children Muhammed Shabir and Shalima Nazreen also support him. Abdul Khader is a recipient of the award for the third-best agriculture assistant in the state last year.