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Meghalaya Mission for Indigenous Knowledge has found a 6000-year-old traditional species of rice in the Garo hills of the state. This biological diversity is now an important genetic store for rice worldwide. Mira Nair’s film – Still, the Children are Here – told exclusively through the voices of the Garos, follows two extended families in the village Sandolpara, as they grapple with survival and change in this native community. Elders say they are poorer today. “Even though we reap the same grain as the grandmothers, we are poorer,” they say.
In Sandolpara, 6,000-year-old species of rice are still grown. Women are the caretakers of these varieties of rice. They select the right varieties for cultivation and handle processing and storage of rice. Men help in cultivation and manage the fields. “These hardy strains of rice must be protected and should not be contaminated by any hybrids or genetically modified (GM) crops,” the document paper of the Meghalaya Mission for Indigenous Knowledge noted. Read more at http://greenbio.checkbiotech.org/news/6000_year_old_species_rice_discovered_meghalaya

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