Paddy farming is our tradition. It's in our blood, in our soil. Our fathers and forefathers have been growing rice for generations. In this article, we'll talk about our Indian methods of paddy cultivation that have been handed down through generations.
1. Selection of Land
First thing, brothers and sisters, is choosing the right land. It should be fertile, with good water. Flat land is best for growing paddy.
2. Preparing the Soil
Next comes ploughing. Using our bullocks or tractors, we plough the field several times to make the soil soft. Then, we level it with a leveller, and it's ready for planting.
3. Choosing the Right Seed
We must choose seeds that are strong and healthy. Our local varieties are often best as they are suited to our soil and weather.
4. Planting the Seeds
After the soil is ready, we sow the seeds in small beds. After they grow a bit, we transplant them to the main field. We've all done it; it's part of our routine.
5. Watering the Fields
Paddy needs plenty of water. We flood the fields and keep the water level just right. Traditional methods of irrigation like using canals and ponds have served us well.
6. Natural Fertilizers and Pesticides
Our old ways of farming use natural things like cow dung and neem leaves to nourish the soil and keep pests away. They're good for the earth and good for us.
When the paddy is golden and ripe, we harvest it. Cutting the crop, threshing, and then drying - all are done with care and love.
8. Storing and Selling
Finally, we store the paddy in a dry place and sell it when the time is right. Our hard work reaches the people.
Paddy cultivation is not just farming; it's a way of life for us. Our traditional methods are wise and have been tested by time. Let's continue to follow them and pass them on to our children. By following these methods, we'll grow paddy that's healthy for the soil and for the people.
Happy farming, brothers and sisters!