HELP FARMERS SET UP COMMUNITY SEED BANKS

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ECOMWEL!!! A non-profit organization exempted from Income Tax under Sec 80 G is committed to sustainable agriculture and organic farming. Hence ECOMWEL is strategizing in setting up Community Seed Banks (CSB) throughout Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh


Rationale…


The farmer has to make a small investment only on but gets good returns on their investment if they used native or country seeds.


India is home to around 100,000 varieties of indigenous paddy and vegetable seeds. Several indigenous paddy varieties had components that could cure cancer & reduce bad cholesterol etc. Indigenous paddy varieties are Drought Proof too.


Aims to…


…Enhance the livelihood security of marginal farmers through indigenous seeds collection, preservation, utilization, and sharing.


…Empower farmers’ through conversation of indigenous seeds.


…Establish Community Seed Banks for Seed Exchange, Distribution, and Utilization.


Ecomwel has been training hundreds of farmers both men and women and especially women who play a major role in the conservation of the diversity of seeds in organic farming. 


This training includes setting up of CBS too. Ecomwel has also helped these farmers set up CBS in many villages’.


In Thiruvannamalai district...


...a CSB has been functioning for the past 3 years. The Bank is a storehouse for traditional seeds like paddy, groundnuts, vegetables, millets, and pulses.


In Thiruvallur district...

...ECOMWEL has trained 20 organic farmers in Setting up and Strengthening a Community Seed Bank. 


Currently, the CSB has collected 32 seeds like Ragi, Paddy, and Maize.


The seeds are collected again after Harvest for the next cultivation.


Seeds are distributed to the local farmers &  women collectives


CSBs Helps the Farmers….


….to shield the ecological and economic stress.

….gives more accessibility and choices to the farmers’.

….makes them more self-reliant.


Future Plans...


Therefore Ecomwel plans to set up Community Seed Banks through awareness, training initiatives and physically setting up 10 such CSBs. 


The support of the Crowd Funding community to join the efforts in enhancing the food security of India is very much needed.


THE BUDGET FOR COMMUNITY SEED BANKS (CSBs) IS…


TO SET UP ONE CSB IS  Rs. 12,000/-


The Cost Include –

  • Cost of 30 Mud Pots of different sizes
  • Seeds  for minimum of 2 acres (Paddy, Vegetables, Pulses, Millets, Oil Seeds)


TO SET UP 10 CSBs IN 10 VILLAGES IN A PERIOD OF 6 MONTHS


10 VILLAGES * Rs. 12,000/-        =         Rs. 1, 20,000/-


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