RGCB, Thiruvananthapuram has made an attempt to protect the
rich genetic wealth of traditional paddy varieties in Wayanad
District, with the grant-in-support from the Department of
Science and Technology, Government of India under the program
Science Heritage Research Initiative (SHRI) program. The project
team has supported the tribal communities to cultivate the
traditional paddy varieties and established around 7 hectares of
field gene bank with 19 traditional varieties.
Harithasree ST Kootayima is one of the Self Help Groups fully
engaged in the conservation of traditional paddy varieties. RGCB
supported the Self Help Group, Harithasree ST Kootayima by
providing them with traditional paddy seeds, a workshed as a
common facility center, and paddy processing machines with
The official inauguration of the facility was done by Prof.
Chandrabhas Narayana, Director, RGCB on 8th April 2022 at
Peechamkode. Shri Rameshan, Member, Vellamunda Grama Panchayath,
Shri Balakrishnan, and Shri Praseethkumar, Paddy farmers
participated in the event.