Farm with over 560 rare and exotic veggies

July 4, 2017 0 Comments

Chanpreet Kaur

Genetically modified seeds are making hundreds of fruits and vegetables go extinct all over India. Yet, we are not talking about it. One man realised the solution that can save India’s biodiversity.

Dr Prabhakar Rao and his family run a 2.5 acre natural farm in Bengaluru, wherein they grow vegetables that are indigenous and native to India and yet are not grown or found anywhere in the country anymore.

Dr Rao, who holds a PhD in plant breeding and genetics, has spent his entire professional career practicing architecture all over the world. While travelling, he collected 560 native indigenous seeds of endangered vegetable species from the oldest generation of farmers.

The procured seeds were typically open pollinated, heirloom seeds, which means that new seeds can be prepared from the mother seeds, unlike the hybrid and genetically modified seeds which last for just one season.

He kept collecting the varieties and started testing them for their genetic stability and climatic adaptiveness for the Indian conditions and eventually was able to sustain 140 varieties of hyper-exotic vegetables.