|Mobile Biodiversity Festival 2003|
This colorful annual event of Deccan Development Society has entered its fifth year.
The Patha Pantala Panduga started from Tuesday, January 14, 2003. During this period of 28 days twenty specially decorated bullock carts carried the seed wealth of the region traveled over 50 villages to renew people's faith and confidence in their own agriculture and the amazing bio diversity that it harbors.
The Festival also includes food festivals under
the theme Millets: God's Own Food.
The Festival 2003 acquires a special significance because of the following reasons:.
1. The principles and issues that have been enunciated by the farmers in Zaheerabad region for the last four years during the previous biodiversity festivals, has now become a national plan, having been included in the Agro Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan of NBSAP - the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan of the Government of India. This is probably the first time in the country that farmers from a very poor and backward region have proved that they not only have the capacity to contribute to a national plan but also are able to actually draft a plan.
2. The Festival 2003 has been making some very significant suggestions on the ways in which the concerns related to agriculture can be incorporated by Government of Andhra Pradesh.
On Thursday, February 13th the Valedictory Ceremony held at Pacha Saale, Machnoor Village. Noted Environmentalists like Dr Ashish Kothari, Eight organic farmers from Canada and a large number of farmers and sarpanches participated in this function.