A Golden Harvest in Every Bit of Paddy Field
By Aswathi Krishna | Published: 14th January 2014 10:18 AM |
You can hardly find an unused paddy field at Koodatham Poyil, a small village in Kayanna grama panchayat near Perambra, thanks to Samrudhi, a society of 21 members in the region which is on a mission to turn the village green by bringing the old glory of paddy cultivation back.
Samrudhi was formed two years ago when the Krishi Bhavan encouraged farmers to get united to save farmlands. The farmers’ efforts deserve a gentle pat since they embarked on paddy cultivation at a time when people were filling farmlands to erect apartments and shopping complexes. “This year we sowed Oreesa seed to get a good yield,” says farm enthusiast Sankaran Nair, a member. “In the beginning we decided to use traditional methods like using bulls to level the soil. Unfortunately, unavailability of bulls made us drop our plan halfway; but to an extent we followed the traditional methods of farming,” says another farmer of the society, Koodatham Poyil Kunhikannan.
To mark the victory of the members in farming, last year they celebrated ‘Koythulsavam’ with their family members. “It was indeed a great pleasure to work with relatives at the farm, sharing equal spirits, thoughts and feelings,” says Raghavan Koodatham Poyil, who was recently honoured by the panchayat members for being a role model for the coming generation.
Since it was their first effort at group farming all the members equally shared the rice. This year continuous rain and attack of pigs have faded their hopes to some extent. Still they expect almost the same yield. People in this village were mostly employed as labourers in the fields. With their efforts the status of the labourers were elevated to farmers.
“Tips that we received from our forefathers worked out here while ploughing and levelling the entire land,” says Shobhana, wife of Raghavan Koodatham Poyil. In the coming days they are also planning to allow students to visit their work site to imbibe age old methods of agricultural activities. Apart from paddy they cultivate vegetables like tapioca, elephant yam, ladies finger, brinjal and many more. “This year we planted around 1,000 banana shoots and paddy in one-and-a-half acres of land.”
“Though we are against the use of chemical fertilizers, a faction of farmers in the region still follows that easiest way to get good results. It is up to the present generation and organic farmers to make them aware of the ill effects of the use of chemicals on the field,” say the members.