The two-day native rice mela held under the aegis of Sahaja Samrudha organisation and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) at Daivajna Kalyana Mandir in the city on Saturday and Sunday evoked good response.
The rice derived from native paddy varieties such as Rajamudi, Rathnachudi, Kari Gajavili, Navura, known for their aroma, taste, and believed to be endowed with medicinal qualities were sold at the event.
A special counter was set up to sell the rice derived from paddy varieties such as Karinellu, Karijeddu, Nereguli, Sannavalya, Yedikuni, Karikanthaka grown on the bank of Varada, and the Aghanashini rivers.
The organic pounded rice and puffed rice prepared from native paddy were sold by members of Sharana Muddanna Savayava Krushi Balaga. Anjaneya, a member of Sharana Muddanna Balaga, said that farmers could enhance their income by opting for value addition activities such as converting the paddy into pounded rice or puffed rice.
The Sharana Muddanna Balaga had established a seed bank of native paddy varieties in Kumbalur, he said.
The event provided an opportunity for the people of the city to enjoy traditional food items like keelsa, sajje rotti . The food items like dosa, kheer, kodubale , and chakkuli prepared from native rice were relished by the visitors.
Krishnaprasad of Sahaja Samrudha organisation, speaking to The Hindu, urged the zilla panchayat and city municipal council to popularise native rice.
The exhibitions of native rice and millets organised by Sahaja Samrudha in various parts of the State had created good demand for the organic food products. The objective of such events was to help farmers engaged in native farming methods to explore market for their produces, he said.
The farmers engaged in cultivation of native paddy varieties in the region would soon form Malnad Rice Growers Association. The Shimoga Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) had agreed to provide space on its premises for Jeevasudhe, an organisation engaged in selling organic food products, he said.Staff Correspondent