No sweat, this paddy grows on its ownGOOD HARVEST : A paddy field in Sugur village, Gulbarga district, barely needs any sowing or ploughing. Photo Anand Teertha Pyaati

The farm activities include nursery preparation and harvesting. It needs a lot of compost, pesticides and many labourers. A pest attack almost always means the entire crop is destroyed in one giant sweep.
But here is a village, where raising a paddy crop does not entail any work. It also does not require any kind of inputs in terms of fertilisers.

Also, the most interesting thing is that the crop has been successful and has been yielding a good harvest. Sugur (K) is a small village in Chittapur taluk of Gulbarga district. A hill is situated adjacent to the village and is dotted with many custard apple trees. On top of this hill is a plain area of 200 ft length and 60 ft width. “I have been seeing this method of raising paddy crop from the last several years. And each time, it produces a good yield without much effort,” says a resident of the village Gundappa Chawan.

No sowing

No plough, no sowing - this is the catchphrase of paddy cultivation in the village. Typically, paddy requires deep soil with abundance of water.

But here the depth of soil is only three to four inches and land is filled with stones. In spite of these conditions, paddy plants grow well here. The plants start to grow in the month of August and produces grains by October. In every season, farmers harvest the crop but they don’t consume it. “Because this field belongs to Venkateshwara Temple, we don’t use the paddy for cooking,” explain villagers. According to the village elders, once upon a time, paddy was harvested on this land and consumed.

Within a few days, the family suffered heavy loss in their business and fell into a lot of misfortune. This has ensured that people don’t use the paddy raised on this land.

Golden rice

Paddy plant grows up to four feet. This rice has a golden colour with three thin lines of other colours. But nobody knows what variety of paddy this is. “It seems to be an aromatic rice variety. Because, when we cook rice, the aroma wafts around the whole area,” explains Krishnadas Maharaj of Hathiram Math.

Another interesting aspect of this paddy is that it doesn’t grow anywhere except this place.

Many farmers tried to cultivate this variety elsewhere, but it has not worked. “We sowed the paddy seeds on a plot adjacent to the original paddy area. But not a single plant grew there,” says farmer Dattatreya Mucchatti.

Also, there has never been a single incident of pest attack on this paddy farm. Now Hathiram Math’s chief Krishnadas Maharaj has taken up the initiative of safeguarding the field. A fencing has also been installed around this plot.
This paddy that grows in abundance without any spray of fertilisers has left scientists baffled.

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