Grassroots Innovations in Agriculture SUMAN SAHAI STEPS Centre Symposium 2009, “Innovation, Sustainability, Development – ...
<ul><li>Genetic Diversity in field  </li></ul><ul><li>Gene-Seed Banks   </li></ul><ul><li>Located in the village,  </li></...
<ul><li>Seeds of traditional varieties of  crops  </li></ul><ul><li>sp. rice, collected from farmer’s fields </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>Zero Energy  Gene-Seed Bank </li></ul><ul><li>-  Ambient temp storage </li></ul><ul><li>No cooling- no energy cost...
Zero Energy Gene-Seed Bank
Zero Energy Gene -Seed Bank
Seed processed to reduce moisture  below 10 %
Agrobiodiversity in the Gene Bank
…… .. Gene Bank
…… ..Gene Bank
…… .Gene Bank
Seed Bank
Seed Bank
Evaluating Genetic Traits <ul><li>Collaboration with research institutes </li></ul><ul><li>5 drought tolerant rice varieti...
-  Plants that animals don’t eat -  Plants known in indigenous  medicine -  Plants used in tribal rituals Plant based pest...
 
<ul><li>Preparing a ‘Pesticide’ </li></ul><ul><li>Making extracts of plant parts in cold water, hot water, diluted with al...
Crop trials Karanj extract on Cabbage
Crop trials… Karanj on Rice
Traditional Panchgavya  –  5 products of (native) cow: mixture of cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd & ghee - known to have v...
Current Panchgavya shown to - Increase milk yield in cows - Increase egg laying in chickens - Improve health of farm anima...
<ul><li>Enhance soil fertility </li></ul><ul><li>Promote plant growth ( growth hormone) </li></ul><ul><li>Control fungal d...
T-Cell blastogenesis in  chicken administered cow urine
B-Cell Blastogenesis in chicken administered cow urine
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Manifesto: Suman Sahai - Grassroots Innovations in Agriculture

926 views

Published on

The STEPS Centre Symposium, 26 September 2009, focused on our Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto project. This presentation by Suman Sahai of Gene Campaign was one of those given at the event. For more information see: www.anewmanifesto.org

Published in: Technology, Business
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Manifesto: Suman Sahai - Grassroots Innovations in Agriculture

  1. 1. Grassroots Innovations in Agriculture SUMAN SAHAI STEPS Centre Symposium 2009, “Innovation, Sustainability, Development – A New Manifesto” University of Sussex, 24 September, 2009, London
  2. 2. <ul><li>Genetic Diversity in field </li></ul><ul><li>Gene-Seed Banks </li></ul><ul><li>Located in the village, </li></ul><ul><li>Owned by the community </li></ul><ul><li>Administered by village youth </li></ul><ul><li>committees supervised by village </li></ul><ul><li>elders </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers take seed & return three </li></ul><ul><li>times after harvest </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Seeds of traditional varieties of crops </li></ul><ul><li>sp. rice, collected from farmer’s fields </li></ul><ul><li>Farmer’s knowledge of properties </li></ul><ul><li>documented </li></ul><ul><li>-drought- flood tolerant </li></ul><ul><li>- maturity period </li></ul><ul><li>- resistance to pest& disease </li></ul><ul><li>- scientists can use this to identify </li></ul><ul><li>traits for breeding </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Zero Energy Gene-Seed Bank </li></ul><ul><li>- Ambient temp storage </li></ul><ul><li>No cooling- no energy cost- no carbon </li></ul><ul><li>footprint </li></ul><ul><li>- Replaces energy with labor </li></ul><ul><li>Seed viability maintained by growing </li></ul><ul><li>out every season </li></ul>
  5. 5. Zero Energy Gene-Seed Bank
  6. 6. Zero Energy Gene -Seed Bank
  7. 7. Seed processed to reduce moisture below 10 %
  8. 8. Agrobiodiversity in the Gene Bank
  9. 9. …… .. Gene Bank
  10. 10. …… ..Gene Bank
  11. 11. …… .Gene Bank
  12. 12. Seed Bank
  13. 13. Seed Bank
  14. 14. Evaluating Genetic Traits <ul><li>Collaboration with research institutes </li></ul><ul><li>5 drought tolerant rice varieties </li></ul><ul><li>2 new genes conferring resistance to </li></ul><ul><li>Bacterial Leaf Blight </li></ul>
  15. 15. - Plants that animals don’t eat - Plants known in indigenous medicine - Plants used in tribal rituals Plant based pesticides from -
  16. 17. <ul><li>Preparing a ‘Pesticide’ </li></ul><ul><li>Making extracts of plant parts in cold water, hot water, diluted with alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Standardising dilutions & package of practices </li></ul><ul><li>Testing pesticidal properties on crops </li></ul>
  17. 18. Crop trials Karanj extract on Cabbage
  18. 19. Crop trials… Karanj on Rice
  19. 20. Traditional Panchgavya – 5 products of (native) cow: mixture of cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd & ghee - known to have valuable properties - varied applications in crop % livestock management
  20. 21. Current Panchgavya shown to - Increase milk yield in cows - Increase egg laying in chickens - Improve health of farm animals & control disease
  21. 22. <ul><li>Enhance soil fertility </li></ul><ul><li>Promote plant growth ( growth hormone) </li></ul><ul><li>Control fungal disease </li></ul>Curent Panchgavya applications….
  22. 23. T-Cell blastogenesis in chicken administered cow urine
  23. 24. B-Cell Blastogenesis in chicken administered cow urine

×