Paddy Revival in Kattampally Kaippad: Achievements and Challenges

Kattampally Kaippad (The low lying coastal paddy field is called Kaipppad) in Kannur district
was considered as one of the granaries of north Kerala. Kaippad was endowed with rich paddy
and aquatic biodiversity. It was also a unique cultural landscape. Thousands of people depended
on Kaippad for livelihood. The area was rich and prosperous. But the Kattampally multipurpose
irrigation cum bridge project, introduced in 1958, left the area unproductive and caused
irreversible damages to the environment. 

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