Traditional crops are on verge of extinction in section of Himalayas

Fresh on the heels of earlier reports that traditional livestock species are at risk around the world comes a report that many traditional agricrops in theGarhwal Himalayas of Uttaranchal are at risk of extinction. Some species have declined as much as 92 percent, while others are already extinct, according to a survey by the Indian state government.

"We may have achieved food security by growing high yielding wheat and rice varieties. But in the process, we lost valuable crops which are additionally required to ensure good health.Change in the dietary habits over the years has resulted in different nutrient deficiency problems," said Anil P Joshi, an agronomist and founder of Hesco, an NGO working on traditional crops in the Himalayan region.

Link: The Hindu News Update Service.

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