An exhibition and sale in Thiruvananthapuram celebrates rice diversity

City-based NGO Thanal organises a show of 120 sorts of paddy seeds, 90 sorts of grains and the sale of fifty kinds of rice

A paddy that may cover an elephant amongst its stalks is kattuyanam. The title is derived from the Tamil phrases kattu (kaddu which means forest) and yanai (elephant). A resilient paddy grown in the delta of the Cauvery basin in Tamil Nadu, it’s flood- and drought-resistant. Growing as much as a top of seven toes, the sturdy paddy, a purple rice, is talked about in Tamil literature that’s round 2,400 years previous, making it one of many historical rice varieties that’s nonetheless cultivated and consumed in India. In the context of local weather change, the cultivation of this stress-tolerant rice is of nice assist to farmers, because the straw may also be bought.

Kattuyanam will likely be displayed as a part of an exhibition of paddy seeds and grains, together with sale of choose varieties, which is on until November 1 on the Thanal gross sales outlet in Jawahar Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram. It is organised by the NGO Thanal, which has been spearheading Save the Rice Campaign, in affiliation with Organic Bazaar.

“The exhibition showcases 120 kinds of seeds and 90 kinds of grains. Fifty kinds of grain will be for sale,” says Manju, CEO-designate, Thanal.

Celebrating the rice diversity of India with paddy from rice cultivating states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh that includes in the exhibition, the mela additionally highlights the diet advantages of native rice. A majority of the rice varieties is from Kerala, comparable to rakthashali, navara, valiya chennellu, mullankazhama, kuruva and thekkan chitteni.

Mullankayama, gandhakasala, jeerakasala, gobindobhog, basmati brown and basmati white are among the fragrant grains that will likely be for sale.

Usha Shoolapani, director of Agroecology and Food Security at Thanal, says: “Indigenous seeds have an innate strength to cope with our climate and geographic conditions. Many of these are still cultivated by small farmers in Wayanad. The effort is to revive these seeds and make the rice available for customers.”

Since rice has been a staple for hundreds of years in many areas in India, even the names of the paddy species have roots in the tradition and beliefs of the individuals cultivating it. For occasion, Laxmi bhog, Vishnu bhog and gobindobhog are fragrant, small white grains often used for making meals (bhog) for the gods Vishnu and Lakshmi.

“Mappillai samba, cultivated in Tamil Nadu, is usually served to newly married bridegrooms. It has a low glycemic index and has been found to be rich in several essential nutrients,” explains Jayakumar, government director of Thanal.

Seeds of Bahurupi, which changes colour three times before it ripens

Seeds of Bahurupi, which adjustments color 3 times earlier than it ripens
| Photo Credit: Special association

Bahurupi, an fragrant rice from West Bengal, adjustments color three to 4 instances until it ripens. When it sprouts it seems to be black. The exhibition invitations viewers to get a really feel of the paddy, its aroma and color.

“India’s rice diversity is amazing. Dr Debal Deb, a scientist in Odisha, has been growing 1,400 kinds of rice for the last 20 years and also researching on the nutrients in those species. Organically grown rice is rich in several micro nutrients and the effort is to educate consumers on the ill-effects of genetic fortification of cereals like rice,” says Usha.

“Although we don’t have online sales outside Kerala, we could try to connect buyers interested in buying these varieties with farmers in their area,” says Jayakumar.

The exhibition is from 10 am to 7 pm. The value ranges from ₹65 to ₹225. For particulars, contact: 0471 2727150.

2021-10-30 18:21:38

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