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Saving India's traditional rice varieties

26 July 2020

A farmer and a conservator's effort to preserve traditional rice varieties led to open source seed exchange among farmers. Basudha is the only farm in Asia where 1,439 varieties if rice are being conserved.



Modern 'hybrid' rice has become popular among Indian farmers due to its high yields. But the resulting seed is designed to be eaten, not replanted.

Indian scientist Debal Deb is on a mission to save thousands of traditional varieties bred over centuries to grow in specific conditions and which are in danger of disappearing.

Producer: Nikita Mandhani

Filmed and edited by Pritam Roy

  • 26 Jul 2020