Annadana Seed Bank, Tuesday Dec 6th 2011, Bangalore
The Annadana Seed Bank was inaugurated and blessed by H.H. Yogrishi Swami Ramdev at Ishana in Gopathi farms today. The first of its kind in Bangalore, the core objective of Annadana Seed Bank is “Annam bahu kurvita” which translates to “Multiply the grain manifold,” ensuring an abundance of food.
Swami Ramdev was warmly welcomed and greeted by Annadana’s farmer’s children who school at Parmanand Education trust run by Anita Narshiman.
Inaugurating the seed bank for traditional heritage seeds Swami Ramdev said “Our seeds are our heritage. Through the conservation of our traditional seeds, we are reclaiming our Swabhiman.” He called upon all farmers in the country to start conserving traditional seeds as a duty to their motherland. Swami Ramdev appreciated the efforts taken by Annadana seed savers to build a low cost sustainable farm model one that is replicable through out the country. Annadana’s Seed Bank being a unique model uses low-cost material for insulation of the walls to ensure controlled conditions of temperature and moisture. What truly appealed to him was that this could be applied to any traditional existing structure by rural farmers and farming communities at village and district levels with minimal investment. The wooden racks with mesh drying trays are so well designed that provides seeds with adequate shade and ventilation. An hot air oven determines and eliminates moisture in seed by drying under precisely prescribed and controlled conditions. This influences the longevity and viability of seeds. Traditional vegetable seeds displayed of diverse varieties of corns, capsicums, brinjals, lettuces, tomatoes and more in just one season of four month vegetable crop cycle intrigued Swamiji. He added: “Sangita will help in replicating this seed bank in all villages throughout our country to preserve our rich heritage.”
This honour bestowed on Annadana’s spirited team of energised farmers was truly gratifying.
Swami Ramdevji was thereafter accompanied on an brisk educational farm trail themed ‘From Soil to Seed to Plate.’
Swami Ramdev’s dreams of an “entirely healthy India & healthy world.” He is closely involved with creating employment opportunities for rural marginal farmers and ensuring safe food, a mission that Annadana has been striving to facilitate for over a decade and will continue in its endeavour with much vigour.