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ചെറുവയൽ രാമനൊപ്പം പരമ്പരാഗത കാർഷിക അറിവുകൾ തേടി ഒരു കൂട്ടം വിദ്യാർഥികൾ മാനന്തവാടി ക്യാമ്പസ് ബിഎഡ് സെന്ററിലെ45വിദ്യാര്ത്ഥികളും8അധ്യാപകരുമാണ് ചെറുവയൽ രാമനൊപ്പം പാടത്തിറങ്ങിയത്.
Cheruvayal Raman is a tribal farmer from Wayanad, Kerala.He is one of his kind because he is a stalwart warrior for the preservation of indigenous seeds for the last 56 years.He won the prestigious National Plant Genome Saviour Award and many renowned international,national and state awards including Kerala Biodiversity Board's Green award.He is also General Council member of the Agricultural University, Mannuthy.Raman belongs to Kurichiya tribe and he is dedicated to the cause of preserving age-old traditions of cultivation prevalent among the tribes.He has seeds of 51 varieties of indigenous paddy.He began his collection of indigenous seeds(5-6 varieties) in 1989 from his uncle.After that,he started to collect as much as possible from the elders in the tribe and also from the temple of Kurichiya tribe where they use rice varieties as part of rituals and worship.The seeds he posses are around 500 years old which are inherited over generations.Now it totally amounts to 51 varieties.Indigenous variety to name few Mannu Veliyan,Chembakam,Thondi,Channalthondi,Chettuveliyan,Palveliyan,Kanali and aromatic rice varieties like Gandhakashala,Jeerakashala,Kayama are all he has in his collection.
He cultivates in 3 to 4-acre land owned by him, of which one and half acres are used exclusively for seed preservation.He cultivates each variety of indigenous seed in two to three sents.In order to preserve the seeds, sowing and harvesting have to be done carefully.According to the maturity time, seeds are sown.Raman does not go by the way of using fertilizers for cultivation.In the early 70s,he was using fertilizers,but he backed out of it in the late 70s following the ill effects it causes to the ecology.He follows the traditional way of organic farming followed by the traditional Kurichyar tribe.They don't use any chemicals.