A farmer’s journey to explore paddy varieties
Kozhikode: Pookkattu Ramachandran, a paddy farmer here has been reaping success in paddy farming with organic methods. He cultivated five paddy varieties in his one-acre paddy field at Aalampoyilthazham in Ramallur panchayat.
Supriya, Vaisakh, Swarnaprabha, Kunjukunju Varna and Uma are the five varieties cultivated by this farmer. He collected the seeds from Pattambi Regional Agricultural Research Station.
Green Revolution in barren land
Ramachandran started paddy farming in a land which was barren for many years. Kakkur Krishi Bhavan helped him to start farming here. Last year, he cultivated ‘Shreyas’ a paddy variety in his field and harvested 1300 kg paddy. Following this, he sowed seeds of five paddy varieties in this field.
As being a traditional farmer, Ramachandran used to engage in all works in the field with his workers. He is cultivating paddy alone in the one-acre land.
“I love to watch my field covered with golden coloured paddy to achieve bumper harvest, said Ramachandran.
Hunt to find new paddy seeds
He is on a mission to find and experiment new paddy varieties. He is ready to travel to any distance for this purpose.
Years ago, he came to know about a paddy variety named ‘Rakthasali’ and visited a farmer in another district to collect its seed. But he failed in the mission as the farmer refused to give the seeds to him.
Disappointed Ramachandran later vowed to cultivate paddy varieties. But he is committed to handing over paddy seeds to any farmer who approaches him.
He also cultivates ‘Jeerakasala’ and ‘Supriya’ rice varieties in the land close to his residence at Kannankara.