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During 1974-75 a few instances of yields up to 875 paras per hectare in the kayal areas were observed. On the other hand, an occasional crop that had been seriously damaged either by saline water or by brown hopper would yield only 375 paras per hectare. On the basis of the reports of the farmers visited, the average was 675 paras per hectare. It must be noted, however, that this particular harvest season was a good one, and both the natural hazards of paddy cultivation in Kuttanad and the relatively higher risks involved in the cultivation of the new varieties of seed were absent that year.
Their percentage in Kuttanad taluk is 44. 13 It is striking that in the context of 36 Agrarian Class Conflict class antagonism, political organization, and class struggle, these neo-Christians have stood solidly with their non-Christian class allies, caste men, and, in many cases, relatives in opposition to the landowning class, which in Kuttanad is predominantly Syrian Christian. Traditionally, the caste owning most land in Kuttanad was the Brahmins, who also occupied the highest position in the caste hierarchy.
No tax would be levied for the first 2 years, after which full tax payments would have to be made. In all, this landlord, the biggest ever in Kuttanad, 26 Agrarian Class Conflict is said to have reclaimed over 936 hectares of land in 6 blocks. About 8,000 hectares of the Vambanad Lake alone had been brought under the plough by 1945. The last in the series of reclamations has been what is known as the 4 R' block or 'Holland Project' of the early 1960's. This was a unique project in Kuttanad that converted an estimated 616 hectares of kayal into dry land.