Seed Conservation DRCSC

Bio Diversified Farming – DRCSC

Seed conservation

Summary

DRCSC- Development Research Communication & Services Centre’s Seed Conservation Project is promoting a bio-diversified farming system to protect small farmer investment and also make agriculture profitable by setting up a seed center and a demo kitchen garden for food security in West Bengal

Impact

Working & training 1000 seed savers in 5 districts. Over 500 indigenous varieties of vegetables documented. Four seed banks established and a lot of diverse vegetables seeds procured. Thus, rarer varieties of crops have been propagated for distribution in phase 2.

Insights

  • Farmers and landless families save seeds and exchange it amongst themselves.
  • Service Center facilitates the process and documents the varieties of seeds and their characteristics.
  • This ensures food security of the community and preserves bio-diversity.

Strategies

  • Phase 2: Existing seed banks are planned to be strengthened to distribute more seeds across their reach.
  • more smaller seed banks to be developed (based on requests from the ground)
  • Strengthening the reach of the existing seed banks.
  • identified and testing saline resistant varieties of crops in the demo plots.
  • encouraging farmers to grow their own vegetables

 

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