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payangadi, Kannur, 670334, India

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Description Ezhome is a village in Kannur district in the Indian state of Kerala. At the 2001 India census, Ezhome had a population of 18479 with 8710 males and 9769 females.BackgroundPayangadi is the nearest railway station . The nearest airports are Kozhikode which is 120 km south of Ezhome and Mangalore which is 120 km north of Ezhome.Colleges include Madayi Cooperative Arts & Science college, Pariyaram Medical College,IHRD College Neruvampram, Payyanur College, Sir Syed college Taliparamba and Kannur Government Engineering college.New Rice Varieties‘Ezhome -1’ and ‘Ezhome – 2’ are the first high yielding, non-lodging organic red rice varieties. They are designed for the saline-prone Kaipad rice fields of Kerala. They yield awn-less, non-shattering grains, and favourable cooking qualities, better than local cultivars. The average yields of ‘Ezhome -1’ and ‘Ezhome – 2’ are 3.5 tones/ ha and 3.2 tones/ha respectively under close-planted and no-management conditions of Kaipad. This yield is 70% and 60% more than that of local cultivars. These varieties differ in duration, have distinct morphological and qualitative traits, and have different salinity tolerance mechanisms, imparting varietal diversity to the unique ecosystem of Kaipad.These new seed varieties have been developed by the Kerala Agricultural University with the participation of farmers of Ezhome panchayat. This is the first venture of Kerala Agricultural University in development of a variety i) adopting the combined strategy of Global Breeding (traditional), and Participatory Plant Breeding, and ii

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