Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has taken the state’s largest vegetable soup in a new direction by adding lentils and rice.
In an interview to the BBC’s Hindi Service, Mr Vijayan said the decision to add lentils to the soup was made in order to encourage the farmers to use the vegetables to make meat for their families.
“The farmers can use lentils for making beef for their family members,” he said.
“If you make it, you can also make beef for the people in the region,” he added.
Mr Vijayan’s government is currently making the first batch of the soup.
In the past, Kerala’s farmers have traditionally grown rice, barley and vegetables on their own.
“Now the farmers are making a lot of lentils.
That’s because the demand for them has increased,” Mr Vijayyan said.
He said the state was also taking the first step in providing farmers with better access to fertiliser, water and fertilizer.
The Chief Minister said Kerala’s agriculture minister, V.N. Rajasekharan, had also signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Farmers Union to help them implement the new initiative.
“We have decided to make the first lentil soup,” Mr V.V. Rajayanan said.
“There will be a small amount of rice, and a large amount of lentil.”
The chief minister said the farmers would also be able to make beef from the lentils once the soup is ready.
“That will be the first of its kind in the country.
We have to ensure that the farmers can do their work, that they can farm the land for the families,” he explained.”
They will get the food to eat,” Mr Rajayanna added.