Indian economy is dependent on Agriculture but the
contribution of agriculture to India’s GDP is steadily declining. The
success of Green Revolution of 1960s is well-documented. It led to the
use of input-intensive techniques and seeds for the first time in the
Indian agriculture industry.
However, post the Green Revolution, the country witnessed Beej Bachao Andolan
(Save the seeds movement), which sought to influence farmers to
conserve traditional seeds and to go back to the indigenous way of
farming. This movement is not as well-known as Green Revolution but has
led to conservation of many lost varieties of rice, rajma (kidney beans) and other crops.
Beej Bachao Andolan Movement was led by the stalwarts of Chipko
Movement, which was launched to save the trees and environment in the
state of Uttarakhand in India. I would like to work on a story on the
impact of Beej Bachao Andolan and how it continues to inspire farmers to
adopt indigenous methods of farming to the benefit of soil fertility,
sustainable agriculture and local traditions.
The story (around 1000 words) will get inputs from the leaders of the
movement as well as the farmers who have adopted traditional methods
after being disappointed by modern way of farming.