Seed bank project in­au­gu­rated

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Staff Re­porter

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.

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