Tata Power’s Mundra Thermal Power Station ‘Desi Beej Bank’ empowers farmers in the Kutch region

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Tata Power Mundra Thermal Power Station has made one of the biggest traditional seed banks in India. Farmers and people in the community are getting a lot out of the native seed bank, which is making a big difference in their lives and giving them a way to make a living and grow in a more balanced way. Initiative to help farmer groups that is in line with Indian agri-tech practises. The company started the “Seed Bank” campaign with the goal of saving, preserving, and promoting the native varieties of seeds for different crops and fodders in a dry area like Kutch in order to deal with the effects of climate change and make sure crops can keep growing. Tata Power Mundra and Kutch Fodder Fruit & Forest Development Trust have been working together on the project ( KFFFDT).

Tata Power, Mundra started the “Desi Beej Bank” programme in response to the farming situation in the area and the problems of the farmers. It is now one of the largest “Desi” (native) Seed Banks and the first of its kind in the Kutch District. The company spread the word about the programme by putting on a “Desi Beej Rath Yatra” that went to all the villages in the area and told farmers about the many benefits of “Desi Beej.” The farmers were also taught how to preserve traditional seeds and how to use the method and put it into action.

These native variety seeds can withstand the weather and are good for the area because they need less water, organic fertilisers, and pesticides than regular hybrid seeds. Most conventional seeds need a lot of chemical fertiliser and pesticides, which makes the soil less fertile.

Seven types of crops have had seed banks made for them: Jowar, Guvar (the main crop), Bajra, Til, Moong, Urad, and Moth. For the next Kharif Season, there are 29,403 kg of seeds available.

With this bank, it will be possible to grow crops on a total of 6,650 acres during this Kharif season. This bank will meet the needs of 2,350 farmers. Farmers have been given money to help pay for seeds.

Last year, during the mass campaign, desi variety seeds were collected from the locals. This gave the farmers a way to make money by selling the seeds to the seed bank. Farmers were told about the advantages of the Seed bank and how it will help them in times of drought or when seeds are hard to come by.

“As an organization, we have consciously undertaken initiatives that ensure holistic and sustainable development of the region and its surrounding communities as well. With the Desi Seed Bank program, we have successfully managed to create one of India’s largest seed banks that will help in solving the problems that arise due to climatic changes. It also helps in conserving the soil for future use and ensures crop sustainability which benefits the local farmers in the long run. In the coming future, we wish to reach out and work with more such communities in remote regions to identify and solve the existing problems by implementing customized strategies & policies in a collaborative manner with like-minded stakeholders and agencies,”

Talking more about the initiative, Mr. A.N. Ramesh, Chief, Tata Power Mundra Thermal Power Station. said.

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