Our community seed bank project is aimed at identifying important traditional seed varieties and orienting the agricultural community towards conserving and cultivating them. Currently, we are focusing on indigenous paddy and vegetable varieties. … Creation of awareness in the community.
A seed bank (also seedbank or seeds bank) stores seeds to preserve genetic diversity; hence it is a type of gene bank. There are many reasons to store seeds. … Another is to forestall loss of genetic diversity in rare or imperiled plant species in an effort to conserve biodiversity ex situ.
Seed banks protect and save plant genetic diversity, which is important for a number of reasons. These saved and viable seeds contain a treasure trove of useful genes that breeders can use for developing improved varieties of our major food crops.
Community seed banks play a vital role in ensuring seed security and improving farmers’ access to seeds, conserving agricultural biodiversity and the associated traditional knowledge, providing options for adapting to climate change, as well as can contribute to the realization of Farmers’ Rights.