An Edavaka grama panchayat initiative
After scripting a success story in making the first people’s biodiversity register in the State, the Edavaka grama panchayat in Wayanad is gearing up to replicate the success in setting up a tuber crop germ plasm.
The project is being executed on one acre of the panchayat at Kavanakunnu, near Mananthavady, in association with Ferns, an environmental organisation.
Wayanad Sub Collector Veena N. Madhavan inaugurated the germ plasm project on Thursday.
The project is being implemented with financial assistance of the State Biodiversity Board.
As many as 53 species of tubers, including six wild species, will be planted under the project.
The project aims at collecting maximum species of tubers in the first phase, multiply them and propagate the seedlings with the help of farmers in the panchayat, H.B. Pradeep, president, Edavaka grama panchayat, said.
The traditional knowledge of the tribal people in the district on edible tubers was very vast but many species were on the brink of extinction, A.T .Sudheesh, project fellow, KSBB, said.
“We aim at sensitising the public on the significance of including tuber crops in daily diet and conserving its biodiversity as part of food security,” he said.
Many tuber crops could be cultivated easily without chemical fertilizers or pesticides, he added.
The project would be extended to neighbouring panchayats at a later stage, he added.