Mandya, Karnataka, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy wore farmers attire and sowed paddy saplings at Arulakoppe-Sitapura village in the District along with 150 agriculture labours including 100 women.
To give confidence to the farming communities in this district, which reported highest farmer suicides in Karntaka, Mr Kumaraswamy arrived near the field changed his pant and tied up his dhoti till his knee before entering the wet paddy field and started replanting the paddy saplings amid steady drizzle.
Working in agriculture field may not be new to him since he hails from Agriculture family, but as he himself said that it was after 25 years he is entering the field and it was a new experience and learnt more about the trouble the farmers undergo.
Sowing paddy is not a easy job as the their will be standing water and mud up to knee level is slippery. One has to bend their backs for long periods to replant the tender paddy plants, he said Police had tough time in controlling the crowd which also included selfie crazy youths.
Mr Kumaraswamy announced that he has decided to stay with the farmers one day in a month in all the 30 Districts to listen to their problems and take steps to solve them.
“Today I undertook paddy sowing not to appease anybody but to send a message to the farmers of the State that I am with them and farmers should not take hasty decision of committing suicides. I am here to look after their you,” he added.