Mangalore: Lush Green Fields Hub of Activity as Paddy Cultivation G(r)ains Momentum
Pics: Sunil Haleangady
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (RD)
Mangalore, Jul 12: Away from the noise and rush of the city, the sight of farmers in lush green fields is a refreshing experience indeed. That is where one comes face to face with the provider of one's food, the reason for one's sustainance, the people who earn their daily bread by giving us ours.
Farming activities in the undivided Dakshina Kannada district reaches its peak during the monsoon season, with farmers getting busy sowing seeds to reap rich rewards, literally.
The paddy field at Pavanje near Haleangady is one among many that is witness to the busy farming activities.
Paddy seeds are planted in small fields with irrigation facility about a month in advance, in May. As soon as rains arrive, vacant fields are ploughed, and paddy seedlings are re-planted, duly ensuring space between them.
Seedlings grown in a small field will suffice to plant an area about 20 times bigger.
Periodical weeding, fertilizing is done to ensure healthy growth of the saplings. By October, the crop is ready for harvest.