‘Baththa Utsav’ held
A “Baththa Utsav” or rice festival was held at Hole Hanasawadi village near Shimoga,Karnatka here on Sunday 19th April 2009. More than 150 traditional rice varieties from various States were on display. Expe
rts and farmers participated in a discussion held as part of the festival.
National Award-winning farmer of Channapatna, Lingamadaiah, who formally inaugurated the festival, emphasised the importance of paddy cultivation to enhance the economic condition of farmers.
He called for introducing indigenous innovations to improve the quality and yield of paddy. The festival was organised by the “Save Rice Campaign” in association with Sahaja Samruddhi and Sirinadu Gramina Janabhivruddhi Samsthe of Hole Hanasawadi.
Director of Sahaja Samruddhi G. Krishnaprasad said that with the impetus being given to a few high yielding hybrid rice varieties, the traditional rice varieties were being sidelined.
The website of Sirinadu Gramina Janabhivruddhi Samsthe was launched on the occasion. A 1,000-ft long “Baththa Torana” (paddy creeper) made by Sirivante Chandrasekhar of Sirivante of Sagar taluk was the centre of attraction at the festival. view the larger view photos of the programme by clicking the image.
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