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Traditional crops on verge of extinction in Garhwal

Zee News, December 30, 2006

Dehra Dun, Dec 30: Alarm bells have started ringing in the Garhwal himalayas of Uttaranchal amid reports that traditional crops are on the verge of extinction.

This has caused fresh concern among agronomists who are calling for preservation of traditional crops which were developed keeping in view prevalent environmental conditions in the region.

A new survey conducted by the state government has also confirmed that the area supporting a variety of traditional crops declined by a whopping 72-92 per cent during the past two decades. Traditional crops have mostly been replaced by high yielding cash crops like potato, soybean, mustard and amaranth. [more]