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Growing traditional varieties of brinjal

“There is the thumb-sized brinjal (Hebberalu gaatrada badane). There is also the Gomukha badane (brinjal in the shape of a cow’s face)…” Hanchalappa points out.

This young farmer owns 1.5 acres of land. Apart from raising commercial crops on an acre, he uses half an acre of land to grow brinjal. He contacted Sahaja Samrudha, an organic farmers’ collective and procured different types of brinjal seeds.

Now he is conserving over 25 varieties of brinjal on his field. “Traditional varieties have been in cultivation from hundred of years and these are pest and disease resistant. Farmers can easily grow these varieties and get a good yield,” points out Hanchyalappa.

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