Ikki Jathre : Festival Of Rice

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🔘Ikki Jathre : Festival Of Rice

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A Kerala-based organisation, Thanal launched the Ikki Jathre or the Festival of Rice in tribal parlance whereby 300 climate-resilient varieties of traditional rice were planted at Panavally, Wayanad.


◾️Thanal initiated the Rice Diversity Block (RDB) at Panavally under the Save Our Rice campaign in 2009, with a collection of 30 varieties of rice which now expanded to 300.

◾️The initiative aims to sensitise people to the significance of conserving traditional crops that have the ability to withstand harsh climatic conditions.

◾️The festival also sets the stage for knowledge sharing and co-creation of knowledge between tribal farmers and experts.

◾️For the RDB, most of the varieties were collected from Kerala, Karnataka, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

◾️Also, there are three traditional rice varieties from Vietnam and Thailand.

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