Srinagar, June 5 : The transplantation of paddy shoots in the Kashmir Valley, has put farmers of the area in good spirits. Having already sown paddy seeds during April, these farmers are eagerly waiting for them to sprout and develop into tiny shoots for transplantation. And, June is believed to be the perfect time for paddy transplantation.
Here, men, women and other farmhands work together on transplanting paddy.
This occasion is special for all. Farmers rent the air with their folksongs in chorus to keep up a good working spirit.
They believe that singing and dancing during the transplanting season will make their ancestors happy and bless them for a bumper crop.
"We have been celebrating in this manner for decades. We bring our brothers and sisters to the farms on this day, there we unroot the paddy, winnow it and then eat it," said Sameer Ahmed, one farmer.
In every field, almost 10-20 farmers transplant paddy and have their meal together there as a family.
"We enjoy a lot. When we wake up in the morning, our parents ask us to go the farmland. We happily come here and do farming, have food and drink morning and evening tea. It feels very good," said Menu Manzor, a female farmer.
The timely rainfall and snow during winter has increased the farmers' hopes for a bumper crop.
"We reaped 495,000 tonnes of rice from our 160,000 hectares of coverage area. We hope that it will increase this year because this time there was a good rainfall. It will benefit the farming, so we are hoping that the production will reach to 500,000 metric tons," said V. Mooza, Joint Director of Agriculture, Kashmir.
Besides, the government offers its help by way of providing them the latest varieties of seeds, fertilisers at subsidised rates and organising awareness camps for the farmers to educate them about different diseases and remedial measures.
The Department of Agriculture along with the Agriculture University is trying to develop different varieties of seeds to enhance the production of paddy by 15 to 20 percent as compared to traditional seeds. By Parvez Butt