Ancient and traditional paddy cultivation practices were completely organic and did not induce any harm to the surrounding environment or health. This year, the farmers in Kantale – Sooriyapura begin their journey on organic farming by start cultivating 1.5 acres of paddy field with ‘kalu Heenati’ rice.
‘kalu Heenati’ rice – This rice variety has some significant medicinal properties. Porridge made from Kalu heenati rice is highly recommended for hepatitis patients. Gruel of Kalu heenati is known to control the toxic effects of snake bites. In ancient times Kalu Heenati was a source for treating various illnesses, specially for diarrhea, diabetes and cholesterol. Cooked rice of “El Wee” varieties were also used for feeding expecting mothers and infants because of the ability of easy digesting and containing high nutrients.
Among Heenati varieties, Kalu Heenati is the most popular for preparing medicines. Specially Heenati rice formulated with various juices are still being used to treat diabetic patients.