Seed and food festival in Sundarbans
Sunderbans, Mar 22: Paschim Sridhrakathi Janakalyan Sanghya of Jogeshgunj, Hingalgunj Block , North 24 Parganas , WB , India had organized a fair on 18th March to 21st March 2016 at Jogeshgunj at the remotest corner of West Bengal in Sundarban to showcase folk rice seeds, folk vegetables and food items made from rice. There was tremendous enthusiasm among the farmers of that area, women SHG group were very keen to participate in the programme. We have never seen such a spontaneous participation from people with so many seeds of crop varieties and diverse food. Though the capacity of the organization is small but their sincere efforts made it a successful one.
There were 159 rice products displayed. Rice flour was used to fry different edible leafy vegetables and sweets. Farmers were asked to bring at least three folk rice seeds; but on an average each farmer showed more than 20 folk rice seeds and 121 farmers displayed their seeds. There were more than 78 types of seeds of different vegetables along with live exhibits. There are so many fairs with big budget but the participation is not spontaneous as we witnessed here.