Wayanad farmer bags award for cultivating double-grain rice variety 'Jugal'
Ambalavayal (Wayanad): A young farmer has successfully cultivated a double-grain rice variety and bagged an award from MS Swaminathan Research Foundation for successfully completing cultivation. Nenmeni Mathoorkulangara native Sunil Kumar experimented with the ‘Jugal’ rice variety brought from Bengal.
Sunil Kumar has been experimenting with rare paddy varieties for a long time. He grows different paddy seeds from West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab. Apart from indigenous varieties, hybrid items also find place in Sunil’s farm. He has already harvested over 20 rice varieties from other states.
The double-grain rice ‘Jugal’ from West Bengal is the icon this year. This variety is cultivated in Wayanad for the first time. Sunil collected its seeds from a friend and grew it in the farm.
Sunil said that he could find upto 3 grains of rice in a single paddy from the area where he applied more cow dung and only one rice grain from the area where chemical fertilisers were used.
Sunil keeps experimenting with different types of paddy in organic farming method and also preserves rare varieties. His ancestral house in Mathoorkulangara is filled with a large collection of rare paddy seeds. His family also supports him.