Seed distribution

As a part of its efforts to repair biodiversity loss within Ramanagara and Chitradurga, IMG_8248GREEN distributes indigenous variety seeds to women farmers in the project areas. In many aspects considered the traditional custodians of biodiversity, women in Indian agriculture have long been responsible for seed saving and storage. These practices, however, have diminished over the years as cultivation patterns shifted towards hybrid varieties that cannot be saved from year to year. As a result, many agrarian families in the project areas drastically reduced seed saving practices, exacerbating the agro-biodiversity loss.

By distributing good quality, indigenous seeds to farmers in conjunction with training them on sustainable agricultural practices that inherently promote the cultivation of such varieties, we aim to enrich biodiversity within communities. Only once a lost seed variety is available for an agrarian family, can they cultivate it. We actively involve women farmers in particular to reintroduce long-lost traditional practices as they have arguably played a very important role in conserving biodiversity for centuries.

Demo plot seed distribution
The seed distribution kits that GREEN gives out are an initial source of supply that can help families rebuild their varieties with time. They contain a minimum of 5 grams of various variety seeds, particularly vegetable varieties for kitchen gardens, which add nutritive value to families’ meals. In the last quarter of project implementation, we distributed seeds to more than 1680 farmers in Ramanagara and Chitradurga.

Details of Seed Distribution ( Panchayath Wise) upto September 2012 in Ramanagara District
SN
PANCHAYATH
TOTAL FARMARS
1
Yalachavadi
60
2
Maralwadi/Yalchvadi
62
3
Toksandra/Maralwadi
85
4
Banavasi
45
5
Kolgondanahalli
90
6
Kodihalli
82
7
Bannimokodlu
90
8
Herandapanahalli
92
9
Hunusanahalli
76
TOTAL FARMERS
682
Details of Seed Distribution (Panchayath
Wise) upto September 2012 in Chitradurga District
SN
PANCHAYATH
TOTAL FARMARS
1
Thalaku
80
2
Mannekote
65
3
B.R.Halli
60
4
P.Mahadevpura
30
5
Siddeshwaranadurga
40
6
P.R.Pura
50
7
Pagadalabande
60
8
Chawluru
40
9
Ramajogihalli
110
10
Nagaramgere
40
11
Nannivala
40
12
Haledyamavvnahalli
80
13
Madakaripura
45
14
D.S.Halli
20
15
Ingaladalu
20
16
Kondlahalli
80
17
Konasagara
60
18
B.G.Kere
80
TOTAL FARMERS
1000