To revive and spread the prominence of traditional paddy breeds among farmers, two-day long 13th traditional paddy festival organised by ‘Save Our Rice’ campaign commenced near Thiruthuraipoondi town in Tiruvarur district today.
“Around 80 stalls have been established to display the 174 traditional paddy breeds revived through our campaign over the decades. Thus far, around 5,600 farmers have visited the facility to exchange the seeds of traditional paddy breeds they have,” G Varadarajan, coordinator of the paddy festival told. Organisers maintaining that paddy farmers from West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh in unprecedented number have come to attend the festival attributed the immense response to traditional paddy farmer Nel Jayaraman who passed away fighting cancer in December 2018.
Interested farmers will be given the seeds of traditional paddy breeds such as Poonkar, Karuppu Kavani, Maapillai Samba, Kullakar, and Kaatuyanam free of cost, organisers added. “We have also placed a demand with State government to establish a research centre for traditional paddy in the name of Nel Jayaraman at Tiruvarur,” Varadarajan added.
(source : TOI)