A quick survey of wheat diversity in India
Eating diversity and paying the farmer is a way all of us can contribute to agro-biodiversity conservation.
The draft seeds bill favours the industry over farmers
The current seeds bill bears the imprint of the seed industry which never masks its displeasure at the enabling provisions granted to farmers
Farm body on mission to boost organic cotton cultivation
Cotton cultivation here is rain-fed. As an established principle, they don’t export any produce.
A living gene bank
Small parcels of grains from marked off plots devoted to specific varieties are handed over as seeds to interested farmers.
How to create an Oasis
They are replacing the invasive species - gando babool - with mixed varieties of native seeds that can withstand heavy /normal /low rainfall
In the age of seed companies, free distribution aims to preserve native paddy
If a farmer collects 2 kg of Seeraga samba variety of paddy, he must repay with 4 kg of seeds after harvest.
G Nammalvar, messiah of organic revolution
"Farming is a way of living, and a way of living that is possible even in the 21st century.”
Two museums in Mandya are saving native paddy grains from extinction
What rice varieties have a low cost of cultivation, no patents, and comparatively lower water consumption levels?
Organic farming initiative for Idukki district
“This coming together of organic farmers is expected to create a farming reform movement not only in Kerala but across India”