The harvesting of the second round of ‘virippu’ paddy cultivation in around 12,500 hectares in Kuttanad in the district has begun.

Already, harvesting was going on in nearly 1,200 hectares in places like Champakkulam, Edathua and Thakazhi, Principal Agricultural Officer, K. Babu said. A total of 8,320 tonnes of paddy has been procured by Supplyco till Wednesday.

Combine harvester machines are being used for harvesting in most of the fields. Kerala Agro Industries Corporation (KAIC) has 100 combine harvester machines and nearly 25 such machines are in the custody of private parties.

Out of the total 150 combine harvester machines needed for harvest, the remaining 25 machines are being sourced through agents.