Guna,Madhya Pradesh: The village is about 90 years old and the eldest person residing in the village is 85 years old. The Kherikhata village is situated about 28kms from Guna, Madhya Pradesh. The village is inhabited by 193 household with communities belonging from Barela, Bhilaila and Bhil Sahariya tribe. The main occupation of the village community is agriculture and 99% farmers are dependent on agriculture.

Community Experiment:

Prem Singh Barela, 31 lives with his family and his grandparents. He owns 4 acre land. His family is totally dependent on the yield of the land. Prem stores varieties of seeds of Cucumber, Pumpkin, Water Gourd and Lady Finger in storage drums made of Bamboo, Mud and even in Bulbs. The bulbs and glass containers are hung on roof, supporting frames and drums and are placed 2-3 feet above the ground to save them from rodents, fungus and pest attacks. Almost 5 varieties of seeds of vegetables are preserved in a small manner and 2 varieties of seeds are preserved in large drums made of clay or bamboo. He produces vegetables in his 1 Bigha land for which he uses his own traditionally preserved seeds that are preserved in traditional manner in glass jars and bulbs.

Typically 100 grams of seeds of vegetables are preserved in the small containers of glass and bulbs and as far as 10 quintal of wheat or corn can be stored in these drums. These can be preserved for upto two years. The seeds are stored anywhere in the room or outside after sealing it with clay made of cowdung and mud and placing them 2-3 feet above the ground level.

Hope of Change:

  • Input cost borne by marginalized farmer is reducing
  • Use of Healthy and traditional seeds are being promoted in the village
  • Preservation is promoting the rotation of such seeds which are becoming extinct
  • Cost borne on purchase of new seeds is now being used for saving purpose

Such a practice is the traditional age old exercise of the village community and is promoted through our livelihood partner MVSS in this village. It is a step towards sustainability. Besides, adoption of these practices will help the community to save money, preserve age old tradition and promoting a healthy cropping pattern.

Story By : Dharmendra Prasad