Travelogue – Series 16… Daman

In continuation of my Travelogue Series…

During my recent travels – discovered “Incredible India” and the opportunity to share my awesome experiences of  our rich Indian Culture through my blogs…..

An exciting, slightly hectic but rejuvenating short trip from Mumbai to Daman

We began our journey in our own vehicle with close family and friends from Mumbai to Daman

Daman has no direct connectivity to the rest of India by any means. The nearest stop for both roadways and railways is Vapi in Gujarat, which is barely 13.2 km from Daman. Surat is the nearest stop for the airborne travellers. The Diamond City of Gujarat is some 123.2 km away from Daman via NH 48.

Coastal Beauty Personified

A surprisingly unexplored coastal beauty, Daman is a city in the small union territory of Daman & Diu, sandwiched between the states of Gujarat & Maharashtra. Once ruled by the Portuguese, Daman, besides having the charms of Indian culture, is also a mute witness to the days of Portuguese rule, with scores of forts and churches styled in the Portuguese way.
This city is divided by Daman Ganga river into two parts, Nani Daman [meaning the small one] and the Moti Daman [meaning the big one]. Moti Daman is the old city inhabited, while Nani Daman is the modern tourist hotspot. So next time, if you’re looking for a bold adventure in an unexplored beauty, do mark Daman on the top of your itinerary.

The best time to visit Daman is between October – April when the ambience is heavenly and the climate pleasant. Since Daman is situated near the Arabian Sea, it experiences a tropical climate with mild winters and deary summers. Although Monsoon is a good option, the heavy rainfall in this region might make the trip a little bit inconvenient.

Winter is the most popular time of the year to visit Daman. The landscape is refreshed and replenished after the monsoon, and the sea is calm. With temperatures ranging between 10°C and 15°C the weather is at its best in the winter.

The sky is clear blue with stark white clouds. Ocean currents are mild, making it perfect for swimming and exploring. Water sports are best experienced in winter too. Nights are charming and perfect for romantic walks. This is the peak tourist season in Daman, so make sure to book your travel and accommodation in advance to avoid last-minute surge pricing. Take a romantic walk along Jallandhar Beach, Devka Beach, Ghoghla Beach, Nagaon Beach or Jampore Beach. Watch the sunset against the stark waters and have a beach party at night too!

As the fishing season begins at the end of the monsoon, winter is the time you get the most delectable seafood! Indulge your taste buds in a variety of local dishes that hold exotic Portuguese touches too.

Daman in Summer (March – June)

The tropical summer is sweltering at Daman, with temperatures ranging between 27 and 39°C. Humidity is also high because of the proximity to the coast. This means that days are hot and balmy, while the evenings are pleasant. Carry linens and cotton to beat the heat and stay hydrated. It is advisable to sightsee and travel in the mornings and evenings, as the afternoons get humid and stuffy.

March is an ideal off-season month to visit Daman as the breeze from the Arabian Sea in the evenings is delightful and perfect for romantic walks. As the months’ pass, it gets hotter and more humid, which keeps most tourists away from the coast. The price of resorts and homestays comes down too, which makes summer an ideal time for tourists on a budget to make the most of Daman. You can enjoy water sports without much hassle too. The beaches, especially Devka and Nagao, look stunning at dawn and dusk. They are not very crowded, which makes them perfect for romantic dates with your loved ones.

Enjoy the wonders of nature in tranquil bliss as you watch the Arabian Sea from the fort of Moti Daman as you take along a picnic basket for a memorable day with your family. You can also take a walk to the Fort of St Jerome and the Chapel of Our Lady Rosary for serene evenings.

Water sports are favourite in summer. Adrenaline junkies are bound to have the time of their lives going swimming, snorkelling, water skiing and wakeboarding in the waters. You can also scuba dive and go speed boating in the ocean. Banana boats and kite flying are popular too! Jampore Beach is the hotspot for watersports, so make sure to give it a visit during your time in Daman. You can enrol in short-term PADI courses or take up pleasure rides too.

History:

Daman has had a long, motley, and chequered history of being ruled by rulers from different dynasties and nations. Between 2nd Century BC and 13th Century AD, Daman was part of a country known as Lata, which was one of the seven divisions of the Konkan Vishaya. It later became part of the Mauryan empire, somewhere during the rule of King Ashoka. It then came under the successive rule of various other dynasties, including the Satvahanas, Kshaharatas, Satkarnis, Abhiras, Traikutakas, Vakatakas, Mahishmati kings of Kalachuri, different divisions of the Chalukyas, and the Shahs of Gujarat. In the year 1523, Daman was noticed by the Portuguese who made several attempts to conquer it. Many attacks and more than 30 years later, it was finally acquired by them by way of a treaty with the Shah of Gujarat. From this day to the day of its liberation in 1961, Daman remained under the rule of Portuguese. The relics of Portuguese culture are forever imprinted here, in the form of Churches, forts, chapels, and old quarters. Daman was incorporated into the Indian territory in 1961 through military conquest. But, it was not until 1974 that Portugal finally accepted the annexation of Daman into India. It remained a part of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman, and Diu after which a separate union territory of Daman & Diu was formed.

Nani Daman and Moti Daman make up the two parts of the city of Daman. While the former shines with antique and tranquil charm, the latter is famed for its restaurants and popular sites. The Fort of St Jerome and the Jain temple at Nani Daman are a must-visit for their astounding architecture and spectacular facades. In Moti Daman, you can pay a visit to the Church of Our Lady of Rosary and marvel at the Gothic, Portuguese art. Satya Nagar Udyan boasts of a gorgeous garden which houses a lake and elaborate fountain displays. Stroll into Gandhi Park and take in the lush grass, or gaze up at the Lighthouse, one of the most famous landmarks of Daman.

Water sports are favourite in winter too. Keep in mind that it is more likely to rain during October and November because of the northeast monsoon, so consult with local authorities before attempting water sports in Daman. Swimming, snorkelling and speed boating are favoured in winter.

Daman  is the capital city of the Indian union territory of Daman and Diu. It is a municipal council situated in Daman district of the union territory.

Daman is a city in the union territory of Daman and Diu, on India’s west coast. In the north, St. Jerome Fort, also known as Nani Daman Fort, recalls the area’s Portuguese colonial past. Across the Daman Ganga River, Moti Daman Fort holds the ruins of a Dominican monastery, plus the Basilica of Bom Jesus Church, known for its gilt altarpiece. Close by, the Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary features intricate carvings.

Daman is divided by the Daman Ganga River into two parts — Nani-daman (nani meaning “small”) and Moti-daman (moti meaning “big”). Despite its name, Nani-daman is the larger of the two parts, while the old city is mainly in Moti-Daman. The downtown area holds most of the important entities like the major hospitals, supermarkets and major residential areas.

The cool beaches, greenery, scenic natural beauty and most of all, its easy availability of cheap liquor makes Daman a popular destination among youths and even as a getaway for those in Gujrat.

Daman is a beautiful little city, surrounded by states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Arabian sea on the sides. The place has a rich culture and history. Its history dates back to over 2000 years ago. The present is tinted in colors of enjoyment, simplicity, and festivity. Beaches of the area let it stand out as a centre of natural beauty together with hints of fun. What adds on to the tourist experience here is the shopping scene which ranges from leather products, exquisite brands of liquor to handcrafted items.

“Heritage, culture and beaches”

Jain Temple: This 18th century Jain temple is in the northern region of Nani Daman Fort and is dedicated to Mahavir Swami. It is built with white marble and has beautiful carvings. The walls have very elegant glass cover with 18th century murals that represent the life of Mahavir Swami.

Places in Nani Daman

» Devka Beach / Garden :2 Km

» Mirasol Boating / Water Park : 5 km

» J T Garden, Custom Market, Daman Food Stall, Sea Face Beach, Moon Star Mall, Daman Taxi Stand, Stella Maris Church, Temples are all Walk able Distance

Places in Moti Daman

» Light House : 2 Km

» Fort, Bom Jesus Church : 2 Km

» Jumpore Beach : 5 Km

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LORD KRISHNA

Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Shri Vishnu was born in northern India (around 3,228 BCE). Lord Krishna’s life marks the passing of the Dvapara age and beginning of the Kal yuga (which is also considered as the current age).

The figure of Lord Krishna is depicted as having blue skin. He holds a flute (bansuri) and sometimes accompanied by a cow or cowherd. Krishna is also known by many other names, such as Govinda, Madhusudhana, Vasudeva and Mukunda. In the books, he is also depicted as a child who performs playful pranks like stealing butter.

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Krishna was born in prison to devout parents – Devaki and Vasudeva. At the time of his birth, his life was in danger because the tyrant Kamsa was seeking to kill him. It had been foretold that Kamsa would be killed by Devaki’s eighth child. Since Sri Krishna was the eighth child, he was smuggled out of prison to be raised by his foster parents Nanda and Yasoda in Gokula. Nanda lived a simple lifestyle and was a chief in the local Cow-herding community.

The young Sri Krishna is often depicted as being a mischievous child, who enjoyed playing pranks and having fun. Some worship Sri Krishna as the ideal child of innocence.

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However, even in his young years, Krishna is reported to have killed demons Trinavarta and Putana. He is also said to have lifted a nearby hill – Govardhana to protect the villagers against the wrath of Indra. In the younger years of his life, Sri Krishna is also often depicted playing the flute for his beloved gopis – female devotees. Of these Radha was the greatest devotee.

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This life episode was crucial in the development of Hindu Bhakti devotional tradition. Sri Krishna taught that there were many paths to reach the goal of self-realisation, but devotion was the shortest path “However men try to reach me, I return their love with my love; whatever path they may travel, it leads to me in the end.”

Sri Krishna is the direct descent of God. During the Battle of Kurukshetra, Krishna gave Arjuna the immortal spiritual discourse of the Bhagavad Gita – Krishna taught a spiritual path of wisdom, devotion and discrimination. Sri Krishna also popularised devotional bhakti yoga through his time

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The Ant and the Contact Lens : a true story

The Ant and the Contact Lens : a true story

Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens. ‘Great’, she thought. ‘Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry.’

She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn’t there.

She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she may find her contact lens.

When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains.

She Prayed to God ……Oh God You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.’

A little later, Another set of Hikers reached the top. One of them shouted out, ‘Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?’

Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it!

The story doesn’t end there…

Brenda’s father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of an ant lugging that contact lens with the caption, ‘God I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.’

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I think it would do all of us some good to say, ” *God , I don’t know why You want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But, if You want me to carry it, I will* “.

God doesn’t call the qualified, He QUALIFIES those He calls..

World Idli Day -30th March

World Idli Day -30th March

Idli has been mentioned in various Sanskrit & Tamil books 3000 years back .In Sanskrit-language work describes the food as iḍḍarikā.. The food prepared using this recipe is now called uddina idli in Karnataka.

Nutritionaly Idli is wholesome food and super food . We are so happy and proud for Idli dish which is most consumed and ordered dish of India today .

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For the last three years, March 30 has been celebrated as World Idli Day.

What, World Idli Day? Tamil Nadu may be consuming millions of idlis daily but most people, chefs and hoteliers included, are unaware that a World Idli Day falls on March 30.  For the last three years, March 30 has been celebrated as World Idli Day, the idea being the brainchild of M Eniyavan, founder of Mallipoo Idly, a popular chain.”The humble idli is the safest food for all ages – children to elderly. It struck me to celebrate March 30 as World Idli Day when there are several days like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and more,” Eniyavan saysBut even employees of eateries majorly selling idlis are not aware of the special day for idli. That also holds true for business people, working women, home makers and others..Chennai-based Idli Factory supplies idlis in bulk to various institutions including eateris -small and star hotels – and also caters to orders placed by online players.

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World Idli Day: Bengaluru loves idli, followed by Mumbai; San Francisco, London have fallen for it too

In the lead up to World Idli Day on March 30th, an analysis by an online food ordering platform revealed that Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai are the top three cities that ordered the most idli on the platform.

It has been often said that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, and we definitely love a hearty meal in the morning – especially a steaming hot aloo parantha. But, according to a recent survey by an online food ordering and delivery platform, it is the healthy ‘idli’ which is the most ordered breakfast item on its platform in India.

Analysis also reveals that most Indians requested extra chutney, sambhar and the spicy podi to go with a plate of steamy hot idlis. Health conscious Indians consumed vegetable idlis for a healthier, fibre-rich alternative and a nutritious start to their day.

March 30 has been celebrated as World Idli Day for the last three years. It is believed that Eniyavan from Chennai, regarded as “Idli King”, and Rajamani Iyer, president of Tamil Nadu Catering Employees Union, came up with the concept of a special day dedicated to this steamy delectable.

Happy Idli day – 30th March

Weekend…

Weekends are great and everyone loves them. 

  • We all have hobbies and wish lists.
  • We want to spend time with our families and friends and create marvellous memories together.
  • We want to be able to escape the race and do nothing once in a while.

For all these reasons and many others, we love weekends so much.

  • Weekends should be spent going what we want best, even if the only thing we want is enjoying our own company.
  • We need time alone to reconnect with our inner selves and to find a sense of inner balance.
  • Going away for the weekend somewhere where nothing can bother us can do wonders.

Oldtimers, weekends, and airplane landings are alike. If you can walk away from them, they’re successful.

Many wild and crazy things can happen on a weekend. If we can walk to work on Monday morning and have a good, productive day, it does not matter what we did during the weekend. It is our freedom to decide how we want to spend our free time.

Music always sounds better on Friday. 

On Friday, everything feels easier and better because the thought of freedom lingers in our minds. The sense of anticipation and the expectations we have for the weekend make us restless, yet already more receptive to fun things, such as music.

Fridays are the hardest in some ways: you’re so close to freedom. 

In some ways, Fridays are both the easiest and hardest days. The work feels easier with the thought of the weekend on our minds, but our restlessness makes it harder to focus. Friday is a day of passage, with freedom waiting just outside the door.

Why is Monday so far away from Friday and Friday so close to Monday? 

Monday and Friday are in weird positions. They are so close to the weekend, yet they’re still working days. Every Monday we hope that Friday comes sooner, and every Friday we dread the thought of Monday. In between, we have the weekend, our favorite days,  It is refreshing to know that we can still have a great weekend, even without making plans or having an actual schedule. Staying at home and doing nothing is a perfectly reasonable way to spend a weekend. We don’t have to check things off a list to feel happy and at peace.

Better days are coming. They are called Saturday and Sunday. 

Whenever we feel down, we remember that Saturday and Sunday are coming, giving us the chance to decompress and regain some strength. The most beloved days of the week, Saturday and Sunday are always there to cheer us up.  A good weekend is usually about forgetting about plans or goals, and just going with the flow, even if we end up doing pointless, unproductive things. The beautiful thing about the weekend is that we can do whatever we want without feeling guilty for it.

The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend. 

Weekends are always the highlight of our week, that is why we love to share with others the amazing things we did. Asking other people about their weekends is a great way to start a fun and interesting conversation, and hear tips about great places or great activities.

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week. 

A good Sunday can make us forget all the hardships and struggles of a tough working week while preparing us for a fresh new start.  Sundays are all about rest, peace, and good vibes that refill our reserve of energy and vitality. We are always waiting for the weekend like we would wait on a best friend to visit us. The weekend is our chance to have some time for ourselves by leaving behind all obligations and responsibilities. The weekend is all about us and our desires.

It’s a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning. 

On Saturday night it feels like anything can happen. It is a long night that is often hard to forget. When we wake up on Sunday morning, we have a new great story to share with friends and new memories to keep us happy during the week.

I believe that it is a mandatory Law of the Universe that on Fridays, you have to do something a little fun. 

To ensure a good start for the weekend, we can begin by adding small doses of fun to our daily routine. Especially on Fridays, doing something fun can set the tone for an amazing Saturday and Sunday. A great mood is contagious.

Hands up if you’re ready to do something you’ll regret this weekend. Go forth! You have my blessing. 

If we spend the whole week at work, the weekend is all about freedom and spontaneity. On weekends, we are allowed to let go of any restrictions, inhibitions, and fears, and to do all the crazy things we always wanted to do.

Always strive to excel, but only on weekends. 

If we strive for excellence in our work, we should strive for excellent weekends as well. Weekends are moments we regain for ourselves and the moments when we create some of our best memories. Great weekends give us enough energy so we can the best in both our personal and professional lives.

Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them. 

In some tough weeks, weekends are like the light at the end of the tunnel. We can barely wait for the weekend to begin, yet as soon as it’s weekend we realize how many things we would like to go and how little time we have.

There aren’t enough days in the weekend.

The weekend is always too short for all the things we would like to do. Even worse, time flies very fast when we are doing fun things. The only way to extend our weekend is to take a job that makes all weekdays interesting and exciting.

Be in the habit of getting up bright and early on the weekends. Why waste such precious time in bed? 

Waking up early on the weekends seems like a tough thing to do. After all, weekends are for leisure and relaxation.  While it is true, waking up early gives us more time to do the things we love. Moreover, maintaining the same schedule the whole week makes it easier to wake up. A good weekend does not have to be about wild parties and crazy, spontaneous adventures. At least once in a while, we can spend our weekends on simple pleasures that give our bodies and our minds the chance to rest and relax

Sunday evenings often feel like the weekend is over before it’s even begun. 

Sunday evening is that moment of the weekend when we realize that the fun is over and we have to prepare to take over our adult responsibilities again. At few other times, we feel so acutely how fast our days go by, and how much we need the weekend.

Why wait for the weekend to have fun. 

Everyone expects the weekend like it would be a promise of fun and happiness. The fact that we wait for the weekend to have fun tells us that we don’t really know how to make our entire week a fun ride. We don’t have to wait for the weekend to enjoy every second of our lives.

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.

If Saturday is for fun, Sunday is perfect for relaxing and restoring some energy for the new week ahead. When we spend our Sunday well, we start the new week in a positive mood that will allow us to make the most of our days.

Spend some time this weekend on home improvement; improve your attitude toward your family.

Weekends are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with our families. Everyone is free of other responsibilities so we can devote some attention to the people we love, either sharing some meaningful conversations or doing some fun activity together.

Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through. 

The worst that can happen on a Saturday is having bad weather ruining all our weekend plans. Bad weather will change our plans, but it does not have to actually ruin our entire weekend. Life often puts us in unexpected scenarios like this, but our resilience should be stronger than that.  In our modern times, productivity is so ingrained in our values that we feel guilty for our spare time. Weekends might not be productive, but they are about doing things we enjoy, so we can remain healthy and happy people.

The feeling of Sunday is the same everywhere, heavy, melancholy, standing still. 

Everywhere in the world, people love the weekend and dread the end of it. Sundays, especially, seem to have the same flavor everywhere. If on Saturdays, some people party, some relax, and others spend time with thier family, Sundays are the same for everyone, melancholic and serene.

Weekends are sacred for me. They’re the perfect time to relax and spend time with family and friends. 

When our work goes through moments of pressure, we feel that it is easy to give up on a weekend to work since we don’t seem to do much on weekends anyway. This is a fallacious way to think. Our minds and our bodies need rest, otherwise, we cannot stay strong for a long time.

On the Sixth Day, God created man, the sort of result you often get when you go in to work on a Saturday. 

Nobody wants to be at work on Saturday, that is why there is no wonder then jobs done on Saturday do not maintain the same level of efficiency as in other days of the week. On Saturdays, we already have five other days of work behind, and our energy is very low.

I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. 

When other people share stories about the fun they had during the weekend, others might feel guilty if they don’t have an interesting story to share. For some people being alone in their cozy homes is a perfect way to spend their weekend, and they don’t need to apologize for that.

I still work weekends because I like it; I enjoy it. I just don’t care. 

There are people for whom weekdays or weekends don’t bring much difference. They are the kind of people who love what they do and who strive for excellence. When our work is our passion, the line between spare time and working time is very blurry.

Unless it’s an emergency, don’t bother me after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends. 

It is allowed to be selfish on the weekends. It is our right not to be available for work calls, meetings, and other types of obligations. If we give our best for five days per week, keeping two days to spend as we please is not only reasonable but also necessary for our well-being.

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The Banpo Bridge is a major bridge in downtown Seoul over the Han River, South Korea, connecting the Seocho and Yongsan districts. The bridge is on top of Jamsu Bridge, forming the upper half of a double-deck bridge; it is the first double deck bridge built in South Korea.

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Address: Banpo 2(i)-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Construction started: January 1980
Total length: 1,495 m
Bridge typeGirder bridge
Body of water: Han River
Location: Seoul, Seocho District, Yongsan District
Did you know: According to Guinness World Record, the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain located at Banpo Bridge of Han River is the world’s longest bridge fountain.
Construction cost‎: ‎₩21,500,000,000
Construction end‎: ‎June 25, 1982
Engineering design by‎: ‎Dae Han Consultants …
Constructed by‎: ‎Byucksan Engineering & Con…
The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain is the world’s longest bridge fountain that set a Guinness World Record with nearly 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides that is 1,140m long, shooting out 190 tons of water per minute. Installed in September 2009 on the Banpo Bridge, former mayor of Seoul Oh Se-hoon declared that the bridge will further beautify the city and showcase Seoul’s eco-friendliness, as the water is pumped directly from the river itself and continuously recycled. The bridge has 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles on either side, which draw 190 tons of water per minute from the river 20 meters below the deck, and shoots as far as 43 meters horizontally.

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ricefish system is an integrated rice field or ricefield/pond complex, where fish are grown concurrently or alternately with riceFish may be deliberately stocked (fish culture), or may enter fields naturally from surrounding water ways when flooding occurs (rice field fisheries), or a bit of both.

It means aquatic animals living in rice fields including freshwater prawn, marineshrimpcrayfishcrab, turtle, bivalve, frog, and even insects. Rice-fish farming is practiced in many countries in the world, particularly in Asia.

ricefish system is an integrated rice field or rice field/pond complex, where fish are grown concurrently or alternately with riceFish may be deliberately stocked (fish culture), or may enter fields naturally from surrounding water ways when flooding occurs (rice field fisheries), or a bit of both.

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Common carp weighing 15-25 g are stocked in the ricefield at 2 500-3 000/ha 7-10 days after rice transplanting. A center or cross-trench occupies about 2 percent of the total ricefield area. Harvesting is done by draining the field slowly after a culture period of 40-60 days.

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Agriculture in Indonesia started as a means to grow and provide food. Rice, coconut, sugar palm, taro, tubers, shallots and tropical fruits were among the earliest produce being cultivated in the archipelago. Evidence of wild rice cultivation on the island of Sulawesi dates back from 3000 BCE. Rice has been a staple food for Indonesians for a millennia and holds a central place in Indonesian culture and cuisine.

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Rice is a staple food in the Indonesian diet, as typical Indonesian meal consists of richly flavored side dishes, meat or poultry and vegetables, surrounding a pile of steamed rice. Indonesia is the 3rd largest rice producer in the world after China and India. However, because of Indonesia’s large population, the rice it produces is consumed internally. To ensure food security, the government fills the gap by importing from neighboring countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia