A two-acre plot in Kuravapulam village of Nagapattinam, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu is home to India’s various traditional crop varieties. While indigenous crop cultivation is vanishing from the country’s conscience, owners of this piece of land hope to spread the importance of healthy farming to all consumers.
These traditional seeds have been painstakingly planted by farmer and siddha doctor P Saravanakumaran, and his wife, S Sivaranjani. For the last few years, this couple has been on a green mission to save and popularise traditional crop cultivation.
Sivaranjani says, these crop varieties have rich medicinal properties, are rain-fed and are capable of surviving in various climatic conditions. By cultivating these rice varieties farmers can become financially stable, she adds.