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Bid to revive State's traditional farm culture

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Conservation:Sangeetha Sharma of ‘Annadana' addressing a campaign to conserve traditional seeds in Thrissur on Sunday.— Photo: K.K. Najeeb
Conservation:Sangeetha Sharma of ‘Annadana' addressing a campaign to conserve traditional seeds in Thrissur on Sunday.— Photo: K.K. Najeeb

A two-week-long campaign taken out by a group of farmers to revive the State's traditional farm culture concluded here on Sunday.

Addressing the function at Thrissur Sree Kerala Varma College, former Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran said the fast modernisation of society led to the decline of agriculture in the State.

“Keralites forgot their tradition and culture along with the age-old farming practices. Agriculture is not just about food security and productivity, it also involves community, culture and sharing of resources.”

He alleged that the anti-Nature attitude and blind aping of western policy of development had started its far-reaching negative impacts on the environment and nature.

Delivering a lecture on ‘Green Revolution and security of traditional seeds,' ecologist Debal Deb said the country had lost more than 90 per cent of its biodiversity in the last 50 years.

“Loss of traditional folk varieties of seeds, loss of soil fertility, decline of water table and soil erosion are the major impacts of the Green Revolution,” he said.

Sangeetha Sharma of Bangalore-based Annadana (Soil and Seed Savers Network) spoke about diversity of traditional vegetable seeds and their conservation. Former chairman of the biodiversity board V.S. Vijayan presided.

Farmers, organic farming groups, scientists and seed savers from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka participated in the programme.

‘Bhoomiyude Vithukal', a play by Arangottukara Krishi Patasala, was staged at the function.

An exhibition of various seeds from across the country was also organised on the occasion.

The campaign for conservation of traditional seeds was organised by the ‘Nadan Vithu Samrakshna Kootayma', a consortium of farmers.

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