A Kerala rice variety could be answer to troubles of cyclone-hit Bengal fields -Vishnu Varma

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published Published on Sep 1, 2020   modified Modified on Sep 2, 2020

-The Indian Express

The Super Cyclone Amphan had left a trail of destruction in South 24 Parganas district where it broke embankments causing saline water to seep into agricultural fields making irreversible changes to the soil texture. Enter the endemic Pokkali rice from Kerala famed for its remarkable resistance to saltwater.

Kochi: An interesting experiment is underway in the rice fields near Sunderbans of West Bengal to find out if a certain saline tolerant rice variety from faraway Kerala can find new life there.

In mid-May, the Super Cyclone Amphan had left a trail of destruction across West Bengal, particularly in South 24 Parganas district where it broke embankments causing saline water to seep into agricultural fields making irreversible changes to the soil texture.

With the help of the Breakthrough Science Society (BSS), a non-profit working to improve scientific temperament among the public, 5 kg of seedlings of the Pokkali rice from Kerala were packed off to West Bengal in early June where they were sown by two farmers in Kankandighi village in South 24 Parganas. Results are yet to show, but so far, things look good, say officials.

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The Indian Express, 1 September, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/a-kerala-rice-variety-could-be-answer-to-tro-ubles-of-cyclone-hit-bengal-fields6579078/?fbclid=IwAR0BDcgk-hgrvutiowtImu7NJSyYIG3jbHHXO2Km0jz_dZnILOgjirJATME


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