Marayoor: For the people of Keezhanthoor village, nothing is a hard task as they cultivate paddy, believe it or not, on rocky surfaces.
They have been cultivating paddy for long, with great success, on the rock formations, which barely has one feet of soil, of Kannakayam colony near here in Idukki district, following the traditional practices in ploughing and sowing of seeds.
Mechanized agriculture has not touched the region where farmers use ox-driven ploughs to till the land, and the chaff is separated in the conventional manner.
The paddy farming is now done using the new ‘Co 51’ seed variety as paddy seeds such as Vettilachemba and Jeerakachemba, which have been used for long, have become defunct.
The local residents are involved in farming as a way of life rather than to make profit out of it. The water springs that flow from the mountain ranges are sources of water for irrigation.
C A Subramanian, Shankaran, Sukumaran, Shivakumar, Papparavahanan, Ramakrishnan, Sachithanandan, Gothadandapani, Vasudevan, Palaniswamy and K K Vinayaka sweat it out in the fields to reap a good harvest.
The tribal people of Kanakayam Kudi also undertake paddy farming following similar practices.