DBT - RGCB has recently initiated the scientific study on Tribal Heritage of Kerala with the grant-in-aid support from Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India under its program "Science & Heritage Research Initiatives (SHRI). The main objective of the project is to protect the rich tribal heritage of human and animal healthcare practices through inclusive and participatory approach. Field analysis of indigenous breeds of livestock and traditional crop varieties, sustainable utilization of local resources and it's value addition, establishment of tribal community enterprise models, etc. are initiated in Idukki and Wayanad Districts of Kerala.
Tribal people are god-gifted with their art and craft skills. Each group has its own festivals, legends, customs, taboos, rituals, superstitions, institutions, dances, songs, music and past reminiscences of their particular clan that have left an indelible impact on the artistic impulses of the group.
After a sudden demand for high-yielding varieties/breeds of crops/livestock, the indigenous ones started getting neglected from the mainstream and are now in the verge of extension. It is, therefore, pertinent to capture, conserve and protect the traditional varietal diversity.
Ethno veterinary practice (EVP) is a traditional veterinary health care practice which includes knowledge, skill, practice and beliefs about animal health care. The indigenous knowledge of the veterinary health care system acquired by traditional healers is usually maintained as oral lore in their community.
Promoting household and Local Health Traditions (animal and human), Traditional crop varieties and Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) are livelihood options available for native people. The stake holders of community owned enterprises should be the collectors and cultivators of natural resources.
DBT-RGCB has constituted a Self Help Group (SHG) of Mala arayan tribal community and supported them to establish a nursery exclusively for traditional black pepper varieties at Pattayakudi, Venmony Panchayath, Idukki District.
Field Gene Bank of Traditional Paddy Varieties
As part of the conservation of traditional paddy varieties, we are implementing the concept of field gene bank by promoting the cultivation of traditional varieties in Wayanad.