Slideshow | Disease resistant banana saplings distributed to Kani community – Tamil Nadu

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Tissue cultured banana saplings were distributed to the indigenous people at the Vellambi Tribal settlement on August 9, 2013, by Tribal Foundation sponsored by the Finura Bioteks based in Nagercoil.

Addressing the indigenous people S S Davidson, environmental educator said that the tribal people had agriculture as the main occupation. But owing to man versus animal conflict the forest dwellers had to refrain from agriculture due to crop raids, destruction and devastation by wild animals as monkey, wild boar, elephant, sloth bear, porcupine, bats and birds. The free distribution of banana saplings were meant to help the tribal people in their economic development, he said.

However, motivated by the Tribal Foundation, the indigenous people were again taking to agriculture cultivating some of the crops that were not raided by wild animals. In the case of banana cultivation, the indigenous people are helped to erect fences with discarded fish nets to check the wild animals.

The tissue cultured saplings were distributed to the people by Ashok Macrin, Assistant Director of Horticulture in Kanyakumari district. He said the plants would give better yield than the traditional varieties and were disease resistant.

Photos and information: courtesy Davidson Sargunam © 2013 Tribal Foundation (Nagercoil)

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