Collective Ventures for Rice Cultivation
|In Kumarakom, the rice is cultivated in blocks called padasekharams (polders). There are about 58 farmers’ groups (padasekhara samithies) in Kuttanad. These samithies ensure joint sowing, dewatering, polder preparation and irrigation activities.
With their elected heads, all the members of a group work together for large-scale cultivation. Each member contributes money to buy seeds, fertilizer and other essentials for cultivation. The contributions vary according to the area of land owned and the requirements of the member.