Community Seed Bank : Towards building resilient communities for climate change adaptation

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Dimapur, October 15: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and North East Network (NEN) organized a 3-day training on Community Seed Bank at Kohima from October 9 to 11.
Farmers representing 5 districts – Kohima, Wokha, Zunheboto, Mokokchung and Tuensang attended the 3 days training. The training was moderated by North East Network and the resource persons were Wekoweu Tsuhah, Programme Director, NEN Nagaland and Stephen Gangmei, Programme Associate, NEN Nagaland.
The purpose of the training was to revive or enhance traditional social seed networks through women led community seed banks. This will help in enhancing the traditional knowledge on seed management as well.
The training focused on understanding local food and agriculture systems, local seed saving & sharing practices and operational aspects of setting up community seed banks. The trainees also visited the women led communtiy seed bank established at Chizami Village, Phek district and interacted with the women seed guardians.
Sütsüngsola, a farmer from Mokokchung district, commented that she is very happy to find one of the millet seed varieties which has been lost in her village at the Community Seed Bank (CSB), Chizami. She was excited to get the seed for sowing from the CSB, Chizami.
A 1-day orientation programme on Community Seed Bank was also held on October 12 for the agriculture field functionaries with the objective to orient them on CSB that will enable them to facilitate the farming communties in setting up communtiy seed banks. The programme was graced by S Kivikhu Achumi, Joint Director, Department of Agriculture where he encouraged the trainees to work together with the farmers in identifying indigenous seeds which exhibit special characters such as drought resistance, pest & disease resistance, high yielding varieties, aromatic and conserve it in order to adapt to climate variabilities. (Page News Service)