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LOST IN THE GREEN REVOLUTION, MANY-HUED VARIETIES OF PADDY ARE BEING REVIVED IN KERALA

By Leneesh k On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Rice Diversity Blocks in Kerala and five other states preserve over 1,000 indigenous varieties of rice that were at risk of being lost.In the Indian subcontinent, the birthplace of paddy, the colours of the crop’s many varieties are as diverse as the land, its people, languages, cultures, costumes, dialects and so on. But most of that variety was l ... read full article

BLACK RICE- OUR DELICIOUS, HEALTHY HERITAGE

By Sreedevi Lekshmikutty On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

My first sight of black rice was a few years back during a seed festival organized by the Save Our Rice Campaign. I was fascinated by the purple black grain glistening in my palm. I did not buy it then nor did I attempt to cook it. That happened a few years later. By then I had become involved intensively in the Rice Campaign and passionate about t ... read full article

Fighting salinity by reviving traditional rice varieties

By Anitha Reddy On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Hit by crop failure due to increased salinity in soil, owing to water surge in the natural tanks, farmers of the Tumkur1 and Chitradurga areas of Karnataka are reverting to cultivation of traditional saline tolerant paddy in the hope that it would feed them. The fields of farmers in the region that adjoins the tank command area was rendered saline ... read full article

SEED AND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IN CHHATTISGARH

By Ilina Sen On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Rupantar has had the good fortune of having worked with the indigenous communities of south Chhattisgarh for over two decades. The indigenous communities of Chhattisgarh have been food sovereign in ways not fully comprehended by the scientific community right up to the present time. To make an attempt to understand this reality, one has to understa ... read full article

KERALA’S BATTLE TO PROTECT ITS PADDY LANDS

By Harish Vasudevan On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Rice is the staple diet of the Keralite today. Till about two decades back Keralites used to consume millets like ragi, little millet, foxtail millet and also tubers like yam, tapioca etc in large quantities. However, now rice is consumed during all three meals in different forms. Therefore, rice is an important component of life in Kerala, even mo ... read full article

THROUGH KARNATAKA IN SEARCH OF RICE SEEDS, FOOD AND FARMERS

By Sreedevi Lekshmikutty On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

We began our journey, Usha from Trivandrum and me joining her in Coimbatore, on the 19th of October with a detailed itinerary provided by Seema of Save Our Rice campaign, Karnataka. The first stop in the journey was appropriately enough at Seema and Krishna Prasad’s house, in Mysore, where we arrived at lunch time to be served the delicious Rajamud ... read full article

SAVING POKKALI RICE

By Soumik Banerjee On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

It was water everywhere and we were being rowed on a boat to reach the coconut lined edges, as we stepped into the grassy bunds overgrown with shrubs, we could see to our amazement – golden panicles of POKKALI Paddy waving at the light wind growing on a pool of water…. POKKALI - A unique salt tolerant, flood resistant variety that is endemic to coa ... read full article

Rice in Orissa - History, Culture & Traditions

By Debjeet Sarangi On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Rice has been the principal food crop of Orissa much before the 14th century AD. When Wang-Ta-Yuan, the Chinese writer of the 14th century visited the State it was being grown in abundance. Other historical texts, like the Manasollasa of Somesvara and the Mahabharata of Sarala Das, too point out that paddy cultivation was the mainstay of the people ... read full article

Pesticides and Paddy

By Ushakumari S On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

In last January a paddy farmer from Vidarbha in Maharashtra committed suicide because of his mounting debt and inability to sell his harvested paddy. In 2010 many paddy farmers in Orissa also committed suicide. Even in Kerala some paddy farmers killed themselves! In the seventies the picture was very different, especially in Kerala and Tamilnadu wh ... read full article

Naba Digantho farming offers hope of self-reliance

By Sridhar R On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Mammadpur is a small village in the Hingalganj islands of the Sundarbans in West Bengal. It is situated in the North 24 Parganas District. Unlike many other villages in these islands, this island boasts of electricity and a good road that connects Par Hasnandpur to Lebukhali, both boat jetties -the only connection the island has to the main land. A ... read full article