Saving rice from a truant monsoon

by Luigi Guarino on October 16, 2012

Forsaken by the rain gods, the tribal farmers in the district are now mounting a desperate attempt to salvage their wilting crop. What is at stake is not only their livelihood, but also the preservation of over a dozen rare and invaluable indigenous varieties of rice. If the attempt by these farmers doesn’t succeed, the state could lose many rice varieties for ever…

“These tribal farmers have been the sole saviours of the seeds of many indigenous and rare varieties of rice. They have been cultivating and saving them religiously despite suffering losses as these varieties have only half the yield when compared to hybrid ones…”

Well, maybe. But Jeerakashala, Navara, Adukkan, Thondi and Chomala are in fact in IRRI’s genebank, according to Genesys.

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sanaaabdulwahab October 17, 2012 at 5:51 am

Dear Dr. Luigi

thanks , all time you was emphasised about rice , at the world
but now this many indigenous and rare varieties of rice. if can saving them from any harsh rain or monsoon?

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