Conservation of Rice Varieties of Wayanad

Kerala is home to diverse varieties of rice such as Onamottan, Chennellu, Chomaala, Adukkan, Velumbala, Njavara etc with beneficial characters as rich aroma, resistance to diseases and pests, drought and flood tolerance, medicinal value etc. Cheruvayal Raman, a member of Kurichiya tribal community has been identified as saviour of traditional varieties of rice. Financial assistance was provided for establishing a community seed bank and field level germplasm conservation centre for 41 local varieties of rice.