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‘Maharashtra Gene Bank Project’

‘Maharashtra Gene Bank Project’

The ‘Maharashtra Gene Bank’ is a first-of-its-kind project in India. The main aim is to conserve genetic resources in Maharashtra, including marine diversity, seeds of local crops, and animal diversity.

The ‘Maharashtra Gene Bank Project’ will work on the following themes:

  • Marine biodiversity
  • Freshwater biodiversity
  • Local crop/seed varieties
  • Grassland, scrubland, and animal grazing land biodiversity
  • Indigenous cattle breeds
  • Rejuvenation of forest areas
  • Conservation and management plans for areas under forest right.

Major activities under the project are:

  • All the indigenous knowledge resources will be tapped.
  • The species and the knowledge of local communities will be well documented.
  • Preserving crop biodiversity, the government will encourage genome carriers who conserve seeds of local crop varieties and create seed banks.

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