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Seed saviours

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)

Source: DTE

 Context: Women farmers in Telangana’s Medak district, are actively preserving native seeds to ensure the nutritional security of their families and adapt to changing weather conditions.


They follow a 1:2 ratio system, saving one seed for the next year and giving away or selling two seeds to other families or the market. They are part of collectives supported by the Deccan Development Society, which promotes seed preservation and ecological farming practices.


Usage: The example can be used in Agriculture question to showcase the importance of preserving Indigenous crops (they have proven to be resilient in red and black soils, requiring less irrigation, and have improved land fertility in the region)