Now migrant Bengali labour in Kasargod's paddy harvest
Paakkam: Bengali labour has enriched the labour scene in the cities extensively. Now they are also giving a hand to the rural paddy farmers in Kasargod. They have now taken a leap harvesting paddy at Paakkam.
Kannan from Charalkadavu in Paakkam has been on the lookout for labour to harvest his one-and-a-half acres of ‘Punjha’ paddy cultivation for the last two weeks. He had been requesting the local women to help in the harvest but found no luck with NREGA absorbing the entire labour force available. By then his paddy was already getting soggy and started sprouting. This is when he decided to look for alternatives through his son, Sreedharan, an autorickshaw driver.
Eleven young Bengali men under the leadership of Mahinder were at the work site early morning itself. Residents of the Madhuvani district of Bengal, they had been living in Uduma for the last few months.
Well experienced in paddy harvest they were employed at a total cost of Rs. 7000 and food for the harvest and associated work of the entire one and a half acres of paddy which they finished soon.
Kannan is self-reliant at every other work on his farm other than the sowing and the harvest. At a point when most farmers are abandoning paddy cultivation due to non viability it was the love for paddy farming which encouraged Kannan to keep his cultivation going.