63-year-old from Manipur finds 165 types of wild rice

CHENNAI: Five years ago P Devakanta started growing four varieties of traditional paddy at his home in Imphal. What began as a hobby soon turned into a passion that took the 63-year-old across hills to remote villages of Manipur in search of more traditional varieties.

While Devakanta did find about several seeds, he learned that many more were lost. But that did not deter him and Devakanta instead resolved to collect as many traditional seeds as possible. Today, he has 165 types of wild paddy with him.