Erode farmers to say no to hybrid paddy
Aug 20, 2014
ERODE: On Tuesday farmers in Kanchikoil village in Erode district pledged not to use hybrid or tissue cultured paddy varieties for crop cultivation. They decided to use only traditional paddy varieties which do not need pesticides and other fertilisers. “We have taken this decision after we realised that the soil in which we cultivated hybrid and tissue cultured paddy varieties lost its original composition due to excessive use of pesticides and fertilisers. We want to pass on the same land to our future generation who would use it for cultivation,” said Nel Jayaraman, state coordinator, Save Our Traditional Paddy Varieties Forum.