It is amazing to encounter how farmers commence conserving traditional seeds in ane trial they snuff it aware of its importance. Ishwarappa Bankar of Hire Yadachi hamlet of Haveri district inwards Karnataka has created a seed banking enterprise of traditional millet strains at his home. Drawing inspiration from Vijay Jardhari of Beej Bachao Andolan inwards Uttarakhand, Banakar has collected 25 varieties of jowar, thirty of finger millet, as well as 10 of foxtail millet also around others.
This is surely a remarkable initiative. If some farmers tin replicate what Banakar has been able to achieve, belike nosotros would last able to recover quite a lot of the lost institute germplasm. In 2010, when the globe dedicates the twelvemonth to conservation of biodiversity, such minor but dedicated efforts involve to last appreciated as well as applauded.
Pasted below is the written report from Deccan Herald (May 11, 2010). In addition, you lot may also similar to follow Vijay Jardhari’s run inwards Uttarakhand. This written report from The Pioneer ably brings out the understanding behind the traditional practise of ‘barahnaja’, which literally way 12 seeds at a time. http://www.dailypioneer.com/255192/Uttarakhand-sowing-seeds-for-a-better-tomorrow.html
This farmer has a seed banking enterprise at home
Ananda Teertha Pyati
Decades ago, millets formed an of import traditional crop. They non exclusively give nutrient security, precisely also offering multiple securities similar provender as well as fuel. With the introduction of commercial crops similar paddy as well as wheat, farmers forgot almost millets. “I recall my childhood where nosotros depended exclusively on millets for our meals,” recalls Ishwarappa Banakar of Hire Yadachi hamlet of Haveri district. Later on, Ishwarappa, much similar other farmers, took to growing commercial crops. Every fourth dimension in that place was a drought or a flood, he incurred losses.
But terminal year,he went to Pune as well as participated inwards an organic fair. There, he was exposed to varieties of traditional crops as well as organic farming methods.
Vijay Jardhari, a farmer from the Dehradun portion was the centre of attraction at the fair, where he exhibited to a greater extent than than 100 varieties of beans as well as many types of vegetables of his region. Inspired past times Jardhari’s efforts on conservation of local seeds, Ishwarappa decided to grow traditional crops. Ishwarappa Banakar has setup a millet seedbank inwards his home. This is the get-go millet seed banking enterprise gear upwards past times an private farmer inwards the state.
This banking enterprise has 25 varieties of jowar, thirty varieties of finger millet,10 varieties of foxtail millet, v varieties of niggling millet as well as 2 varieties each of kodo millet, proso millet as well as pearl millet.
[Thanks to Krishna Prasad of Sahaja Samrudha as well as Kuldeep Ratnoo of D-Sector.org for providing these links]