Gujarat organic farmers to develop seed banks to take on GM seeds
PTI : Ahmedabad, Mon Jul 01 2013
About 500-odd organic farmers in Gujarat are trying to develop individual seed banks in a bid to resist the onslaught of genetically modified seeds. “The farmers are now developing seed bank as a measure against the invasion of genetically modified (GM) seeds, ” Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI) president Sarvdaman Patel said.
The biggest advantage of developing seed banks is reduced cost. A bank of organic seeds will not only ensure reduced cost, but also assure good yield and above all good health to people, said Patel, who owns an organic farm in central Gujarat’s Anand district. “10 grams tomato seed, for example, costs Rs 400 in the market.