Traditional seed fair was celebrated in Tamil Nadu, Pudukkottai district on 08-05-2018.GREEN Foundation and Vrutti jointly worked with three FPOs to set up a Community Seed Bank called Makarantham Community Seed Bank. Makarantham CSB members fully participated and organised the program.
The workshop was inaugurated by the Pudukkottai Deputy director of Agriculture Mr.Sivakumar. Also NABARD Pudukkottai District manager MR. Somasundaram inaugurated the Makarantham Community Seed Bank. Mr.Johnson, Mr. Sathiyamoorthy from Vrutti, Mr. Sandip Pattanayak form GREEN Foundation were participated in the grand inaugural function. Proff. Kathiravan from Vamban Agriculture science center and Director of Pudukkottai institute of natural agriculture production Mr. Athappan were invited as chief guests. From Erode an experienced natural farmer Mr. Arasalur selvam was invited as special chief guest.
Women farmers from Janadhanya FPCL Kanakapura, Mr. kalaiselvan from Tiruchirapalli and Pudukkottai district family institute ,Women farmer from POFPCL ,Mrs.Jagadambal from Ambuliaru APCL, Mrs. Thilakam from Mukkaniaru APCL, farmers from three FPO and members from Makarantham CSB together participated in the inaugural function of the seed fair.
The farmers who got experience in organic farming and traditional seed conserving explained how to use new techniques in organic farming to earn more and how to reduce the production cost. Different traditional seed conservation methods were also discussed between the organic farmers. The certificates are distributed to encourage all the participated farmers.
The women farmers from Janadhanya FPCL and farmers from Makarantham CSB exchanged their traditional seeds. The plant sapling and seeds were distributed for all the participants.