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Farmers go ecofriendly this Raksha Bandhan with ‘green rakhis’

The main purpose behind the use of these seeds in the activities is to promote and disseminate organic seeds

pune Updated: Aug 08, 2017 09:19 IST
HT Correspondent
Rakhis made using natural colours from the thread derived out of native cotton using natural gum
Rakhis made using natural colours from the thread derived out of native cotton using natural gum(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Struggling farmers of Vidarbha have come up with an innovative way to celebrate ‘Raksha bandhan’ this year. The women farmers of the Vidarbha has come up with an environmental friendly ‘Rakhi’ called ‘Seed Band’, which is made completely out of organic materials.

This innovative initiative is being organised by the ‘Nagpur Bijotsav Group’ and ‘Gramart’ consisting of 50 women farmers from different villages of Vidarbha and Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh.

The Rakhi is prepared using natural colours from the thread derived out of native cotton using natural gum. No chemicals are used in the preparation of the Rakhi. Only native and organic ingredients are used for the various processes involved in making the rakhi including five different types of seeds.

“The main purpose behind the use of these seeds in the activities is to promote and disseminate organic seeds. On the occasion of Raksha bandhan, the intrinsic relation between a sister and her brother is intended to increase with the seed production and dissemination,” said Tejashree Kamble, owner of the Rakhi stall in Pune.

On the occasion of this year’s Raksha bandhan, these farmers are working on boosting the sale of these Rakhis. There are many volunteers, who are aware of agricultural issues from different parts of Maharashtra, helping the women with their initiative and trying to introduce more farmers to such projects. The volunteer base consists of a large number of young people from the city who are helping this green initiative.

Three stalls, including S M Joshi hall, Hirabaug chowk,Tilak road and Dnyandeep book stall, ABC chowk, has been opened in Pune city. Rakhis are now available for sale at a very cheap rate. On the occasion of this initiative, efforts are being made to use and conserve the seeds once again.