Variety exclusive to Uppiliyapuram panchayat union in State

Even a special paddy variety such as seeraga samba has not escaped the clutches of drought this year.

Just as basmati, this is a costly variety used exclusively for “biriyani”. Except the Uppiliyapuram panchayat union of Thuraiyur taluk of Tiruchi district, the variety is not raised in any other place in the State. V.C.Natarajan, a fertilizer dealer and agriculturist of Vairichettipalayam, who raises the variety, says that a few farmers of Lalgudi and Kumbakonam too raise this crop once in a while. But they have not been successful.

Similarly, almost the entire farming community in the half-a-dozen villages in the block go in only for this variety and rarely for PBT or any other variety.

M.Radhakrishnan, who has raised seeraga samba in about five acres, says this variety has been in existence in Uppiliyapuram region for more than half a century.

They point out that this variety is raised in about 5,000 acres in the area adjoining Kolli Hills.

“Our fields are hardly four kilometres from Namakkal district border.”

Apart from Vairichettipalayam, the variety is also raised in Kottapalayam, B.Mettur, and Thanganagar.

The major reason for the fertility of this region is the water from the hills.

“There are fountains and also a few tanks which are fed by the bigger tank called Jamberi”.