Society for Urban & Rural Empowerment (SURE) in collaboration with Northeast Slow Food & Agro Biodiversity (NESFAS) conduct a “Community Seed Fair Programme” for local farmers of Jaintia Hills on Thursday. The purpose of the programme is to shed light on the traditional and natural techniques to preserve natural seeds without using any fertilizers or the use of hybrid seeds by the local farmers. The idea is to promote the organic ways of preserving, growing, and nurturing indigenous seeds which is a traditional way done by our local farmers.
The farmers who took part in the Community Seed Fair were from Mukhap, Cham Cham, Mustem, Musiaw, Skhenpyrsit, Samanong, Mupyut, Ksehrynchang, Muphlang, Tyrchang, Iooksi, Mulum and Mynso.
The Chief Guest, PK Boro Additional Deputy Commissioner, West Jaintia Hills District praised these farmers for the efforts of continuing this tradition of naturally preserving seeds in this modern age and encouraged them in their efforts to teach the future generations as well. He also urges the farmers to stand together with Society for Urban & Rural Empowerment (SURE)and Northeast Slow Food & Agro Biodiversity (NESFAS) to help spread awareness to other farmers in their villages in order to help one another, ending with a quote, “Farmers are essential to society”.