Rare Wayanad rice to get new lease of life

A rare rice variety, traditionally grown in the tribal areas of Wayanad in Kerala will have a new lease of life

Published: 05th September 2013 08:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th September 2013 08:40 AM   |  A+A-

A rare rice variety, traditionally grown in the tribal areas of Wayanad in Kerala will have a new lease of life, thanks to the efforts of the a team of research scholars from India and Germany to popularise it among local farmers.

The rice variety was named ‘Gandhakassala’ and its preservation would help in conserving the bio-diversity of Wayanad, besides protecting the particular rice variety, said Professor Martina Padmanabhan, team leader of BioDIVA, an inter-disciplinary research team, which is now working with MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai.

The team is studying about social, economic and ecological aspects of biodiversity in rice farming in Wayanad district. It recently organised a three-day national level dialogue on ‘Cultivating Diversity: Transdisciplinary research on agrobiodiversity and land use change’ at MSSRF, Chennai.

Speaking to Express, Martina said, “In Wayanad, the agricultural land is gradually shrinking and there is no market for local rice varieties. People claim that due to schemes like the MGNREGS, the agriculture labour cost has gone up”.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp