Thursday 15 December 2011

Author(s): Latha Jishnu

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  • Its true that the the Indian

    Its true that the the Indian farmers were trapped in technological treadmill. The range of pesticides and combination of pesticides available in the market is enormous. So is the case with the hybrid seeds. Every company tries to promote its own brand of pesticide and seeds. Also one particular hybrid seed that has given good result, cannot be trusted for giving the same good result next year. Any one technological error in manufacturing the hybrid seed will cost the farmers dearly . I have seen incidences where the seeds haven't event sprouted and some hybrids after growing well failed to bloom and standing sterile.

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  • It isn't shocking that these

    It isn't shocking that these companies simply want to sell their products; so goes business. However, I don't understand why, after many years, they don't realize what their encouraging? And if they do, wouldn't it be changing the economy drastically and therefore, effecting themselves? Or maybe I missed where these companies reside. I can see the greed and whole "out of mind, out of sight" idea if they live far away. Still... It's sad to learn this.

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  • Spreading of high yield

    Spreading of high yield hybrid varieties of crops among traditional cultivators affecting, to some extent, their tradition and culture. Rice is one example. Hundreds of local rice varieties are there in our country. Some are having special adaptation to some local conditions. Many are related with some traditional foods or rituals of the community concerned. In Assam, there are different traditional preparations of rice and some varieties are specific for some particular items. Among the traditional farmers, especially in the upper Assam, there are different rice varieties specific for some traditional rice preparations such as 'chira'(rice flake),'Hurum' and 'Aakhoi'(rice puff), 'Komal chaol'(special parboiled rice which can be taken without cooking), and more others. Different communities have their own choice of rice variety for cultivation to meet their own cultural needs. But the concerning fact is that most of the local varieties are under threat of extinction due to avoidance of farmers as these are not high yielding. Most farmers are convinced to use advanced technology and high yield varieties. saddest part of the story is that it is not known to most of them what they are loosing in terms of traditional knowledge and culture of their own for the better feeding of the population.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 4 years ago | Reply
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