According to the sources, it has been reported that the Agriculture Department has launched recently an ambitious plan to promote dry land paddy cultivation in the districts of Kerala. Further, it has also taken up cultivation of paddy in 200 hectares of dry land in the district. The state government has announced a subsidy of Rs 10,000 for each hectare of paddy cultivated in dry land in addition to providing seeds, fertilizers and weedicides too. Under this plan, the district agriculture department officials have revealed that out of the 200 hectares of dry land paddy cultivation, 60 hectares have already started in Agali and 46 hectares in Chittur block panchayats.
In this matter, further, it has also been stated that at least one hectare of dry land paddy will be cultivated in all the grama panchayats. Meanwhile, the agriculture department is promoting the high yielding 'Uma' paddy variety this season. General Secretary of Desheeya Karshaka Samajam Mr Muthalathode Mani narrated that taking up paddy cultivation in fallow land and dry land are significant steps towards achieving food security in the state.
Furthermore, in this context, the farmers have already welcomed the government move to take up dry land paddy cultivation in the state, as the dry land paddy cultivation is mainly dependent on rain. The field is prepared before the onset of monsoon and seeded when dry. However, weeds are the major biological constraint for dry land rice production. To implement the plan successfully, it has been emphasized by Mr Mani that the dry land paddy farming should be brought back to the state in a big way since the wetland paddy farms are disappearing fast due to various reasons.