Johnson does paddy art, lights lamp of optimism
Thrishileri: Thrishileri native Johnson has lighted the lamp of optimism on his paddy field. Johnson, who has been cultivating paddy for the past 13 years, created a lamp on the middle of his 15 cent paddy field located near Kakkavayal- Palappeedika road.
Johnson also made the shape of a beautiful flower in the middle of the lamp image. He has been indulging in ‘Paddy art’ for the past 5 years.
Johnson said that he made the image of the lamp with a hope for better tomorrow. The lamp also looks like a teardrop from the eye, as it also symbolizes the hope that the tears and struggles of the farmers will go away. After setting up the field, Johnson drew the shape of the lamp and planted paddy seedlings of different colors.
At each stage of the seedlings’ growth, its shape and colors changed. With the growth of the paddy seedlings, it appeared as if the image was also coming into life. Johnson said that this is what attracted him to ‘paddy art’ .
Paddy seeds from Bengal
Johnson received 25 paddy seeds of ‘Kalanuniya’ variety from West Bengal. Johnson started cultivating this variety of paddy using these paddy seeds. Johnson uses 28 different kinds of paddy seeds for his cultivation including Cleero, Nasar Baad, Kakishala among others. However, he mostly cultivates ‘navara’ variant of paddy. He also cultivates paddy in different plots of the remaining areas for seed protection.
When the fields turn green...
Johnson has worked in Andhra Pradesh and Uttaranchal for more than 20 years of his life as a teacher. He started farming when he returned to Kerala. Although he started farming to meet his livelihood, he provided seeds to those who asked him. A lot of people have bought the North Indian seed varieties that he purchased for farming. Johnson said that he feels happy when he sees paddy in the fields of those who borrowed seeds from him.
He also runs a trust called Unni Sadan trust, which helps students belonging to Adivasi community. Johnson is supported by his wife Mary Nancy and children Mercy Rani and Arpitha.