For more than two decades Navdanya has been saving seeds. In 2009 Navdanya started a programme to start conserving and protecting indigenous cattle breed. India is home to rich animal diversity including the Sahiwal, Rathi, Gir, Tharparkar, Vechur, Ongol, Harlikar. 

On the aupicious day of Dusshera, 28th of September, 2009, Navdanyas indigenous cattle diversity conservation program was started with six Rathi cows with their calves in village Ramala in Uttar Pradesh.

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About Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.

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