Forecast of normal rainfall spur agricultural activities at the coastal belt.

Thomas D’souza
Kemmannu News Network, 11-06-2012 06:58:18

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Hampankatte/Kemmannu, June 1, 2012: Prediction of annual rainfall for the third consecutive year by the meteorological dept. has prompted farmers to get into their fields and prepare their fields for the next Kharif season. Generally from mid May farmers begin their preparations by seeding the fields to raise saplings for sowing on arrival of monsoon, that is around first week of June.

Well known Agriculturalists, of Badanidiyoor, The Danthi family have started their preparations too. They are busy tilling the fields and planting the seeds. “I get up at 4 Am in the morning and start my work. Hired laborers join me by 8 AM and we complete the day’s work by 12 noon. Since it is very hot in the day we cannot continue working beyond that” says John Danthi. All his family members join hands with him in the work. “I know only this job and I am an expert in it. It gives me immense pleasure when I reap my harvest at the end of the season” he says in an honest tone.

Mixed crop along with paddy cultivation has helped the Danthi family to sustain. “Along with rice cultivation we cultivate vegetables and fruits. We also rear livestock, which helps us financially and provides manure for fields”.

It is heartening to see a diehard farmer who is in love with his profession, when everyone is deserting the fields. Rising labor costs, high cost of fertilizers are a handicap but die hard farmers like the Danthi family keep the farmer’s flag high and provide enough food grain for the nation as a whole.


Comments on this Article
Braan, kemman Wed, June-6-2012, 3:21
@ Jossey, may god bless you. You are always welcome, may your dream come true.
Harish, Kemmannu Tue, June-5-2012, 10:21
Hope the hard work of danthi family will get them more than what they expect. The rains are in time to soak up the fields, let there be green glory in the fields.
Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai Tue, June-5-2012, 8:06
What is wrong with an entire island bought by one person? At least he won’t have neighbors robbing his fruit and vegetation when he is not in town. He need not ask for permission from his neighbors for road access. He need not bother about neighbors asking him when he came and when he is going to go back. No one will ask him if he has come alone or with&########. His bikhari neighbors need not come running after his car with crowbars if he does not give money. To be honest if God wills I would love to own an island.
levi, Huli Kudru Tue, June-5-2012, 6:46
"i.e, already 4 of our beautiful islands been sold to unknown rich people." At this rate of global warming and ice melting, I guess, all these islands will be under 2 feet water, in about 30 years; unless they build levys, or fortify.
CDS, Kemmannu Tue, June-5-2012, 6:24
Rice Rs. 100, Tender Coconut Rs. 50? Not a soothsayer’s prediction, but certainly going to be a reality in the near future. Future Scenario for agriculture – Multinational Companies taking over the majority of the agricultural land – using mechanized farming methods and genetically modified seeds gaining monopoly with patents, reducing manpower into insignificance – with hyper stores monopolizing the markets, making the Kirana stores irrelevant - result Rice price Rs. 100. Coconut trees once called “Kalpa wriksha” is considered as a “Rakshasa” with mindless felling to make way for buildings. No new saplings are planted and many more are left to die with no watering and manureing. For sentimental reasons farmers do not pick tender coconuts which cost Rs. 25 at present (Ghendali variety Rs. 30) and sell ripe coconuts for Rs. 3. Malnad farmers plant arecanut trees in place of coconut trees – Result Rs. 50 for bonda in the very near future.
Braan, Kemman Tue, June-5-2012, 1:36
What I mean to say ia at an alarming rate kemmanites are selling agricultural properties. i.e, already 4 of our beautiful islands been sold to unknown rich people. They may do something good to society I will never deny it. At present the agricultural products are not finding proper price, in the mean while ther is a high price for a piece of land. So, people are selling the land today. In future surely situation will reverse that time we may not have proper land to do the agriculture . This was the point I wanted to write and conclude.
Peter, Saibara Kudru Mon, June-4-2012, 5:07
One mans garbage is another mans fortune. Your no bad comments can be hurting to someone else. Playing with mouse is fun for the cat. Looking forward for your planned contribution to Kemmannu to materialize. You have potential, to do GOOD....
Oswin, Dubai Mon, June-4-2012, 4:20
@Webmaster/Editor, why my earlier comment was censored, i have not expressed anything wrong, now there is no meaning to my said comment.... this is too bad
Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai Mon, June-4-2012, 3:57
Sorry to steal your thunder but one Kg. of good rice costs Rs. 25 in Mapusa and Mumbai and Bondo only Rs. 20 unless Yeddy and Reddy have raped Karnataka............
Oswin, Dubai Mon, June-4-2012, 4:59
@braan, if BONDO(Tender coconut) cost Rs. 50, .............. God Bless and long live Benna Master.
Lazy, Easy-Land Mon, June-4-2012, 4:49
"A kg of rice will cost Rs.100 a "bondo; will cost 50.", says braan. It’s still cheaper if you get outside money-orders, ckecks, drafts, electronic remittances. Enjoy, wake up at 8am, go to sea-side for defecation; take two hours to bathe, have lunch at 1 pm; take siesta for two hours, take tea at 4:30pm; feed the cow, if it’s not dead, check whether the neighbours said prayers, eat dinner after yelling; and at this rate you will sell your land to those who work hard...........
Braan, kemman Sun, June-3-2012, 6:23
The day is not far away when we the "moolanivasis" (natives) of kemman. I mean we will loose all our land in the hands of outsiders and the big companies. Every one is running away from the villages in search of job and fascilities. One fine morning we will have to pay a big sum to enter in to our village ( i mean we have to pay a fixed sum already to go to a river island)..... mind it. A kg of rice will cost Rs.100 a "bondo; will cost 50.
CDS, Kemmannu Sun, June-3-2012, 8:11
The article highlights the harmony between man, animals and birds. Flock of herons seen in the pictures are a rare sight now but help the farmers to reduce the menace of insects and pests. The article and snaps are worth preserving for the future generations, who I am afraid to say may never know how their bite of rice comes from.
Herman, Bahrain Sun, June-3-2012, 5:51
Very nice photos.Thanks for this reportage. Keep it up.
Narasimha Moorthy T, Tonse Nadubettu Sat, June-2-2012, 11:26
Dear Mr Thomas D’souza... the article has come up nicely and you have given very beautiful photo’s of farmers life. Being born and boughtup at rural area in agriculturist family I understand the problems of the farmers very easily. But the Urbanites will understand with such artcles... please write more about farmers and their problems since backbone of our country is agriculture and Agriculturists. more than 66% of the population still directly employed in agriculture. If we do not have food production enough for ourselves then we will be again become slaves of the affordable nation...Hats off to Mr John Danti and family anf I wish good luck to them. I wish the people like John Danthi be multiply so that we do not have shortage of food. Please write about the plight of coconut farmers and get info in respect of coconut climbing machine and give publicity to that to ease coconut growers problem of plucking of coconut. Go on writing... i wish you be the regular writer for our national dailies...God bless you and your family.
Rajesh, Malpe Sat, June-2-2012, 4:42
Nice article, good pictures and good luck to Danthi family and all the farmers of the district...Hope as predicted mansoon will start in this week......!
Fr. Wency Rodrigues, Kemmannu/Hartsdale, New York Fri, June-1-2012, 11:57
Hi Thomas,it is very nostalgic to read the write up of farmers waiting for the rain god to arrive. I vividly recall those days when our coastal area awaited the first showers and the glee and glitz of the farmers. Thanks for this reportage. Keep it up.
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