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Rice bowl Kuttanad to be turned into global farm heritage site

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala's 'rice bowl' Kuttanad, one of the few places in the world where farming is carried out below sea level, has potential to become a global farm heritage site.

The Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) is drawing up a plan to establish the place as an agri-heritage site for its below sea-level agrarian method -- a unique farming method practised in Kuttanad in the south-west Indian state.

The heritage programme will involve the setting up of a natural history museum, a centre for rice germplasm and a research and training centre for below sea-level farming.

The centre for rice germplasm, planned in Mankombu, will house all available varieties of seed while the rice research station in Kumarakom will facilitate training programmes on unique farming techniques.

Sprawling in three districts of Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam, Kuttanad is a sought after destination by nature buffs.

Vast paddy fields and picturesque backwaters are major attractions for local and foreign tourists.

PTI

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