Sowing the seeds of conservation
Anupam Paul has the distinction of rediscovering 800 indigenous varieties of paddy. Helped by a revival project, some of the varieties are back from the brink, and Paul, who is from West Bengal, will present these at the National Seed Diversity Festival at Anna University from June 9 to 11.
Similarly, Beej Bachao Andolan will display over 100 indigenous varieties of rajma, many of which are from the Uttarakhand region. Save Our Rice, a Kerala-based forum, will present 200 varieties of paddy, collected from Orissa, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Around 100 other seed conservationists and groups from various parts of India will participate in the festival, which is in its fourth edition.