Call for Seed Sovereignty, Protecting Farmers' Rights
Bharat Beej Swaraj Manch (India Seed Sovereignty Alliance), a nation-wide network for conserving and regenerating seed diversity and self-reliance - celebrated the International Seed Day, here today.
Newly formed, with about 100 present members from 17 states, including many outstanding seed-savers and farmer-breeders of thousands of crop varieties, it urges the great need to embrace, adopt, conserve, promote and exchange traditional seeds, a press release said.
Such seeds, evolved over millennia, offer immense possibilities to adapt to climate change without compromising farmers' rights and seed sovereignty.
From Kerala, Thanal and Kerala Jaiva Karshaka Samithi joins the national network in celebrating the International Seed Day. The growing realization that traditional and indigenous seeds hold the answer to the changing climate and agrarian situation, as well as welfare of the farmer, has resulted in the formation of the Seed Savers Network in Kerala, conserving traditional seeds of paddy and other vegetables and fruits.
The farmers network hold the largest live collection of paddy varieties revived from the field. Seed is integral to agricultural progress, survival and well-being of humanity.
India's huge and amazing heritage of seed diversity, adapted to diverse conditions and needs, has the boundless potential to sustain farming and allied rural communities in independence, health and dignity for generations to come. Founded on unique region-specific landraces bred by farmers, these seeds can meet local nutritional needs and adapt to changing climatic conditions.
(Posted on 27-04-2014)