Kerala need not produce rice !People of Kerala, amounting to 3.3 crores, have rice as their staple food. Kerala is famous for its greenery stretched from the hilltops to the sea shores. This greenery is mainly due to the paddy fields spread in hectares of land. Our agriculturists and those who worked in these fields, fed all others and allowed to work in other areas.
It was our fore-fathers who toiled day and night to feed us with our staple food and allowed us to grow and made fit to take up other jobs.
Now our Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluvalia says that Kerala must convert its paddy fields into other purposes. That means we need not produce rice at all, we can go for complete exporting ! Wonderful ?
These paddy fields are helping preserve rain water through out the year. It protects the environment, besides producing rice. Several rural people are still employed there and finding a livelihood, though the number is getting reduced due to several reasons.