Growing forty traditional varieties in less than two acres

M. J. Prabu September 24, 2014

What is it that makes a small farmer opt for growing and preserving several native paddy varieties when finding a good market for normal crops is proving to be a Herculean task?

“Probably it is the innate interest to preserve and protect the local biodiversity that spurs some to get into these type of activities. It is a fact that getting a good price for traditional varieties is still not easy in the country because among consumers several don’t know the existence of such varieties and marketing people who buy them don’t know their,” says Dr. Joseph John, scientist, M.S. Swaminatha Research Foundation (MSSRF).