‘Gamai Pansalai’ the ancient concept is proving to be a success in Kantale – Sooriyapura village.

The village tractor in operation

The tractor shown in this picture has been purchased for the benefit of the poor farmers on a loan by Ven. Somananda. He earns a little salary by teaching at the Piriwena (monestary). Having used the majority of his little salary towards buying this tractor, Ven. Somananda often went days without even having enough means to organise food for his Dhana. The tractor is now used in the village for paddy field preparation and ploughing.

With our donors support, Ven. Somananda’s aim is to provide help for the villagers for farming and to provide education facilities to the students in the village.

In line with Ven. Somananda vision and the ancient concept of ‘Gamai Pansalai’, we are so proud to be a part of helping build this village.

Please get in touch with us if you too would like to be a part of this project.

organic paddy cultivation

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.

Sowing seeds of Kalu Heenati

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.