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Pokkali rice

Date: 02 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Farmers from South Bengal are trying to introduce Kerala variety of rice to deal with severe salt water incursion in their fields after the cyclone Amphan.

 

Details

  • The pokkali variety of rice is known for its saltwater resistance and flourishes in the rice paddies of coastal Alappuzha, Ernakulam, and Thrissur districts.

  • The uniqueness of the rice has brought it the Geographical Indication (GI) tag and is the subject of continuing research.

  • Pokkali rice had been in the news because of its uniqueness and also because a group of people in Kerala have been trying to revive the cultivation of the rice variety in the State. 

  • About 80% of the rice paddies in the Sundarbans faced the problem of saltwater incursion and if the pokkali experiment succeeded, it would be a good step to turn around the fortunes of the farmers. 

  • The name ‘pokkali’ is derived from two words in Malayalam, ‘pokkathil’ and ‘aali’ meaning that which grows high.

  • An average crop’s height ranges between 1.5 metres and 2 metres which is quite tall for a rice crop. The method of farming is entirely organic. It needs no fertilisers or pesticides.

  • If the experiment proves successful, more farmers in the region can be persuaded to sow the Pokkali seedlings in the next season.

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