Conservation and Promotion of Desi seeds (Paaramparik Beej Sanvardhan):
We are into our third year of active conservation of native rice and other grain varieties. We now hold about 50 odd varieties of rice and 5 varieties of local millets. These grains are grown in demo plots on school campus, on a small scale and at the village level on a larger scale. A mini seed bank is maintained at the school for study and for sharing with local farmers. Emphasis is laid techniques of natural/organic farming. This year about 10 farmers from the school neighbourhood have joined the native seeds conservation programme.
Additionally, thanks to the push given from Tribal Department (ITDP-Ghodegaon) about 250 tribal farmers from the adjacent Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary region have also joined in the programme on a trial basis. We hope that the numbers will continue to grow with time.