Wet ploughing

The action of turning up the earth when the fields are flooded with a plough that is made of locally available materials, like wood, in order to improve the workability of the soil. In the older days and even nowadays, some of the farmers employ cattle, like cows, to pull the plough manually.

  • Project Name: Kuttanad Kayalnilam Agrosystem, Kerala, India
  • Climate: Tropical monsoon
  • Year: 1880 – 1974 (a modified version still in use)
  • Water type: Seasonal mixing of saline and freshwater
  • Landscape type: Polder landscape in a deltaic basin
  • Meaning: Utilitarian landscape
  • Water Workers and Users: Farmers and fishermen
  • Soil: Sandy loam clay formed from riverine and lacustrine deposits
  • Material: Timber
  • Period: Seasonal
  • Use or function: Tilt wet soil