Rishiraj Singh IPS / Photo: KK Santhosh, Mathrubhumi
Alappuzha: Former Kerala DGP Rishiraj Singh IAS raised concern over the fall in Kerala’s paddy production.
“Neglect towards paddy cultivation due to pursuit towards other profit-making sectors pose a challenge for Kerala. The new generation should realise this issue and should involve in the agri-sector,” he said.
Rishiraj Singh made these remarks while inaugurating the history-heritage seminar held at Bhavanimandir auditorium in Alappuzha.
Earlier, Kerala High Court ruled that those who have purchased paddy land (or even land having paddy stretch) after the enactment of The Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act 2008, cannot reclaim the land for constructing a house. Pronouncing the judgement, the court too pointed out the relevance of paddy cultivation. It asserted that the objective of the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2008 was to preserve the paddy fields.
The court pointed out that Kerala was once self-reliant in paddy production. It listed the data on how land conversion affected paddy production. It also noted that now the state is relying on imports for its 80 per cent of consumption.
During the announcement of Covid special packages in 2020, the Kerala government highlighted measures to improve paddy cultivation in the state. However, follow-up of this move was not apparently promising.