Sultan Bathery: A map of India created in the paddy field is attracting attention. Bathery Nambikolli Thayyil Praseed Kumar has made a map of India with paddy plants.

The violet coloured ‘Krishna Kamod’ from Gujarat, ‘Ramli’ from Punjab, 'Mahamaya' from Chhattisgarh, black paddy and 'Sona Masuri' from Assam, two different varieties of 'Basmati' from Jammu and Punjab and traditional paddy varieties from Kerala have been cultivated in Praseed Kumar’s farm, representing the diversity of the country.

He planted the paddy saplings in the field at Nambikkolli in the shape of India in last July. Artist A-One Prasad outlined the map in the ploughed land. Praseed Kumar’s wife Viswapriya, their daughters Athmika and Akarshima also helped him to prepare the map. His daughter Akarshima, a class 7 student, gave him the idea of making the country’s map with paddy. Now they are trying for a Guinness record with it.

The saplings of black paddy seeds were used to create the shape of India. Different shades of green coloured plants were used in the backdrop. People keep visiting the field to see the paddy art.

Praseed Kumar is interested in farming experiments, so that he has owned more than 17 varieties of paddy varieties from different states paying high prices. It was he who brought the rarely found variety Krishna Kamod to Wayanad.

Praseed Kumar does not need to sell the paddy in market. People from inside and outside Kerala give him orders even before the paddy is ready to harvest. Praseed Kumar opines that paddy farming is very profitable, if high quality seeds are sown.