Published on: October 21, 2022

Pokkali Paddy

Pokkali Paddy

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Pokkali paddy saw a good harvest this year


  • It is a unique saline tolerant rice variety that is cultivated using extensive aquaculture in an organic way in the water-logged coastal regions, spread in about 5000 hectares area in Alappuzha, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts of Kerala in Southern India.
  • The brand Pokkali has received a GI tag from the Geographical Indications Registry Office, Chennai.
  • It is an ancient farming practice where one season of rice farming is alternated with another season of fish culture
  • Rice farming and fish farming are mutually complementary.
  • The person has to stand in waist-deep water to harvest the mature paddy stalk
  • The cycle is from April 15 to November 15 with shrimp and fish farmers occupying the fields in the remaining period.