Seed bank project inaugurated
A seed bank project to preserve traditional paddy varieties for posterity was launched in Kancheepuram district on Monday.
About 150 farmers from three villages — Morappakkam, Sirunagar and Achirapakkam —converged at Morappakkam hamlet near Madurantakam, to involve themselves in the project initiated by the Bioversity International and implemented by the Green Cause Foundation,Tamil Nadu.
Under the project, which is akin to the existing traditional seed bank project launched by R. Jayaraman also known as ‘Nel’ Jayaraman, of Adhirangam in Thiruthuraipoondi taluk, Tiruvarur district, the farmers who procure traditional paddy seed should cultivate them under the organic method and return double the quantity of seeds to the distributor — Bioversity International and Green Cause Foundation.
Speaking on the occasion, N.K. Krishnakumar, Regional Head, Asia Pacific, Bioversity International, thanked the farmers for their positive response in preservation of traditional paddy varieties.