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Local seeds best bet against climate change

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/local-seeds-best-bet-against-climate-change/article5149009.ece S. POORVAJA SHARE  ·   COMMENT   ·   PRINT   ·   T+ The HinduA paddy field at Pannaikudi in Madurai district. Photo: S. James They need less water, no fertilizer and hardly any care or attention Climate change has spawned debate as well as initiatives such as planting saplings, cultivating kitchen gardens, household energy conservation and so on. At the grassroots level, a few farmers are doing their bit to preserve traditional and local varieties of seeds. “These farmers are commonly called ‘Custodian farmers’. They preserve traditional seeds and make sure that they don’t disappear amongst the variety of hybrid seeds available in the market which farmers prefer because of the promise of high yield,” says M. Palanisamy, […]

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