Help Syed Ghani Build A Museum To Promote The Use Of Traditional Paddy

I am fundraising to help a 'Plant Genome Saviour Award' winner to set up a "Farmer's rice museum". Syed Ghani Khan's family was awarded their farm Bada Bagh, big garden by Tippu Sultan for growing the sweetest mangoes. Syed, who always wanted to be a curator of a museum, has decided to nurture a living museum. A museum of India's native varieties of rice. 

Syed Ghani Khan, a renowed organic farmer, is known all over the country for his conservation of indigenous rice varieties and also about 140 different varieties of rare indigenous mango varieties - his family caring for them from as far back as 1700's. 

Today he helps conserving 800 indigenous paddy varieties from all parts of the country. His farm is being visited all round the year by farmers and students from all over the country. Ghani is planning to establish a Farmer's Rice Museum, which is a first of its kind in the India. 

This rice museum will act as a knowledge center, through which the concepts of conserving local strains of paddy will be shared. This will attract more farmers towards cultivating paddy. The museum will be the torch bearer for younger farmers, interested in conservation of indigenous paddy. Ghani needs financial support, for carrying out this wonderful activity.

Kindly contribute to ensure India's varied varieties of rice can have a future.

Thank you for your support. 


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20th September 2016
Dear Supporters,

I am Sudhakar, a Milaap Open fellow in Bengaluru. On 14th September, I spoke to the inspirational Syed Ghani about his journey so far and plans for the future. 

Syed Ghani Khan started collecting varieties of rice in the year 1996 when he was 20 years old. He has collected over 800 varieties of rice from his travels across the length and breadth of the country. He was a student of archaeology and was always interested in becoming a curator. Because of the farming background of his family, he was always involved in the farm and was passionate about agriculture. That’s when the idea of Rice Museum germinated in his mind. His father suffered from a brain haemorrhage. He had to discontinue his studies as he had to support the family financially.

As of now, all the paddy varieties are stored in his home in jars. He is not able to ensure that the benefits of his efforts can reach the people in need, because of lack of space. Syed needs the funds for construction of the building for the rice museum. He will also employ staff for the operation and upkeep of the museum. Once the funds are collected, Syed’s target is to open the rice museum to public in 2 years. The location would be in Kirugavalu village in Mandya district, Karnataka. 

The museum will serve as a knowledge repository as well as an advisory. The museum’s target audience would be students of agriculture and farmers of the surrounding areas. Syed Ghani  is already a popular figure in the surrounding areas of village and has seen visitors across the country as well as the globe. He distributes seeds to the people interested in the not so popular varieties of rice, such as traditional, aromatic, medicinal, and deep water varieties, amongst others. His favorite variety is Jugal, the double grain rice variety from Bengal.  

We are still very far away from the campaign target. I would request each one of you to share the campaign in your personal networks. 

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Aravind donated Rs.12,600
Dilip
Dilip donated Rs.5,000
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victoria donated $25

Good on you Syed. I really hope this project gets up off the ground for you and please email with the results so if i ever come to india i will come and take a look...

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Dr. Ajay
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