New Delhi: In present times, when bio-diversity is fast dwindling, it’s difficult to find hyper exotic vegetables. But, perhaps, in remote parts of the world, untouched by industrial agriculture, one may still spot a few of these on the dining table. The phenomenon is worldwide. And India is no different.
But Bengaluru-based agricultural scientist-cum architect Dr Prabhakar Rao has been trying to turn things around. For the past 27 years, Rao has become a mentor in natural farming practices that involve no use of chemicals and is collecting rare indigenous seeds of endangered species of vegetables.
His passion and endeavour for chemical-free organic agriculture has taken the formation of Hariyalee Seeds, which he set up in 2011 after collaborating with the Seed Savers Exchange in the US. He travels to the remote villages in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Karnataka, imparting sustainable farming techniques to cultivators.