Monday, April 27, 2015

FARMERS PLEDGE TO SAVE TRADITIONAL SEEDS Tuesday, 28 April 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

News in the English daily the Pioneer
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FARMERS PLEDGE TO SAVE TRADITIONAL SEEDS
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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On the occasion of the International Seed Day on Sunday, several farmers of Bargarh were administered the pledge to protect, preserve and promote traditional seeds. Organised by the Ahinsha Club of Bhuti Bahal with the support of the Millets Initiatives Network of India (MINI), farmers formed a standing in human chain and pledged to save at least one traditional seeds during their entire life.
A total of 100 varieties of traditional seeds were displayed on the occasion. Besides, a traditional seed tree was planted and traditional seeds were worshipped on the occasion. Club member Siba Prasad Sahu said “to remain healthy and disease-free, we should use and consume traditional seeds which is highly beneficial”.
Expressing concern over the degradation of soil condition due to extensive use of high yielding and hybrid seeds along with chemical fertilizers and insecticide, Chief speaker Saroj Mahanty urged farmers to take all out efforts to save traditional seeds and avoid GM seeds.
The day was also observed at Bongomunda in Balangir district. Attending a meeting, organised by Lok Shakti, Kantabanji MLA Mohmmad Ayub Khan stressed on preservation of traditional seeds for a better future and assured to provide necessary support to set up a seed bank in the area.
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