The Delhi Seed Festival (March 8-9, 2014)
Farmers Pledging Seeds to the Beej Vruksh (Seed Totem)
The Delhi Seed Festival (March 8-9, 2014) -- preceded by the National Seed Savers Meet (March 6-7) -- saw the display of over 2,500 seed varieties of cereals (rice, wheat, millets), pulses, vegetables, tubers, medicinal plants, and uncultivated/forest foods! A galaxy of outstanding seed savers, farmer-breeders and organic farmers from 15 states all over India participated.
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