John Oliappuram, a farmer from Wayanad in Kerala, has a truly creative way to inspire in these COVID times. He grows paddy of different hues to create symbolic designs in his fields. The latest art work is a ‘diya’, a lamp symbolizing hope and perseverance. “I thought of creating the dia design in my field with five multi-hued rice varieties as a symbol to show that farmers have not given up hope and will overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic.” This gesture also serves another important purpose of propagating traditional rice varieties, which have been gradually dying out. Food for the body, mind and soul are what can be witnessed in this wise farmer’s field.

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