- Posted September 26, 2013 by
Changing agricultural sector in Kerala
The celebration of Onam is closely related to the agricultural sector of Kerala. Onam is the celebration of richness and prosperity. It's believed that the mythical just and kind king Maveli will visit his people in the time of Onam and be pleased to see them live in relish. Maveli's regime is an Utopian concept. In his times people lived in peace and happiness. There was no lies and treason. No seller betrayed his customer with a false measure. In this heavenly memory Malayalee people celebrate Onam with much grandeur. With boiled rice, there will be 15- 20 side dishes to celebrate sadhya, the Onam feast. As a harvest festival, Onam is highly vulnerable to the changes in agricultural field. As any other Indian state, Kerala also produced plenty of rice, vegetables and coconut, which fed Malayali people. But, for a couple decades Kerala's agricultural sector is under going drastic changes. The paddy fields which brought a festive mood in harvest season, gave way to cash crops like areca nut and rubber. This change poses a big question before the Malayali life, when it comes to the market. Malayali started importing everything and is going prey to severe and essential price hike. He is going after cash crops and transforming himself to a use and throw culture. Amazingly, an earnest and enthusiastic Malayali in any other part of the world, is lazy and snobbish in his own home land. And there is no point in blaming small scale cultivators, because they can't stand with the test of time, unless they change. To save the ecosystem of both culture and environment, government will have to make effective legislation.