MARCH 06, 2015
For over a decade, it was a barren paddy field near B.C. Road. Now, some youths have rejuvenated it by producing 6,000 kg of rice under cooperative farming.
The youths, who had planted paddy in six acres of barren paddy field in November 23, 2014, harvested it on Monday after 100 days.
A notable feature is that it was grown organically, said Rajesh Naik Ulepady, a progressive farmer who motivated and led the youth, to visiting presspersons on Monday. The six-acre land near Brahmarakootlu toll booth on the Mangaluru-Bengaluru national highway belonged to the Kuppila Guttu family and there were many share holders of whom some are in Mumbai. “It was lying barren for the past 15 years,” said Ramanath Shetty, one of the shareholders (owner).
When youth requested for the land, the owners agreed without expecting anything in return.
Manual harvestation of the crop would have required a fortnight. A mechanised harvester did it in a day. While harvesting, the machine separated paddy from the stalks, said Mr. Rajesh.
The leader of the 45-member youth group, Hindu Seva Sangha, Charan Kumar said that now they would grow maize to increase soil fertility and cultivate paddy again this June.
Mr. Rajesh said that after hearing about this success story, youth in other parts such as near Moodbidri and Gurupura and other parts of Bantwal have shown interest to form groups and grow paddy in barren paddy fields. “Our target is to rejuvenate about 300 acres of barren paddy field in Dakshina Kannada during 2015-16,” said Mr. Rajesh.
He said that attempts would be made to market it by forming a marketing firm and convince the government to purchase from the youth farmers for its “anna bhagya” scheme.
6,000 kg of rice has been produced under cooperative farming