Conservation of Indigenous seeds: Agro-biodivesity
Farmers practicing rainfed farming suffers from the availability of good quality seed at right time. On one hand, ill practices of on-farm seed selection and the introduction of hybrids and improved varieties has deteriorated the local seed stock. On another hand, the introduction of the flux of outside seeds has not helped increase the sustainability of rainfed farming. Satvik is working on in-situ conservation and improvement of traditional rainfed seed and working on achieving seed security at village level by using identified traditional seeds. Satvik is perusing the following strategy.
- Identification and collection of traditional seeds of rainfed crops in Kachchh district.
- Evaluation trial across Kachchh district to understand its characters and performance.
- Training of seed breeding farmers for improving and maintaining the purity of their traditional seed stock.
- Organizing farmer in the villages for seed security.
- Participatory variety selection from selected traditional seeds for performance and preference evaluation.
- Organizing seed production, storage, and distribution system at the village level.
- 67 traditional seeds of 7 rainfed crops were collected and characters are mapped.
- Seed Multiplication activity has reached to 50+ villages across the Kachchh.
- Indigenous seed production crossed 10,000 Kg and distributed through farmer producer companies.
- More than 200 seed producers trained for seed production including roughing.