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Traditional Rice Varieties
Mapillai samba
  • This is one of the rice varieties which lost after the green revolution.
  • The name of this rice is based on  a instance. Earlier this rice will be given to the bride groom before the marriage to increase his strength which will help him to lift the stone (illavata kal) so the name.
  • This rice is said to improve digestion, cure mouth ulcers and people with diabetic also can consume this rice.
  • Its duration is 155-160 days duration
Mapillai Samba
  • Grown in Kalapaganur village of Salem district
  • Samba season is best suitable season and the duration is 135-140 days
  • The rice has white in colour and having the fine quality.
  • It yields about 1125 kg /ac
  • During the flowering stage the ear heads look like flowers
  • Highly resistant to pest and disease.
  • It is best for food and In Tamil, ‘thuyamalli’ literally means pure jasmine and is similar to “malliga poo”
  • Thooyamalli, a traditional rice variety, gets its name from its striking resemblance of jasmine buds. Thooyamalli is healthy and tasty rice which increases nerves strength and is suitable for preparation of biriyani. 
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