India’s electric vehicle success story will ride on two wheels, A story of curating native seeds

India’s electric vehicle success story will ride on two wheels - The Hindu 

The year 2018 was the year for electrics. Cumulative electric vehicles (EVs) on road crossed the four million-mark and the Tesla Model 3 became the best-selling premium vehicle, delivering over 1,40,000 vehicles in the year. 

According to the latest Global Electric Vehicle Outlook published by the International Energy Agency, China has around 250 million electric two-wheelers, with annual sales of 30 million. This progress appears extremely promising as there are close to a billion two-wheelers in circulation in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China and India. 

A story of curating native seeds - The Hindu 

 The quest to collect seeds of native plant varieties has proved to be never ending for C. Yoganathan, a farmer of Thinnakonam village, near Musiri in Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu. He started collecting the seeds in 2008 with the objective of preserving native breeds of vegetables, fruits, millets and pulses. 

 After a decade, he is now providing tonnes of seeds to farms and kitchen gardens through Agathiyar Farmers Producer Company, supported by NABARD. This is one of the few companies involved in native seed production in the State. The company, which has 550 small and micro farmers as members, has seed production as one of its main objectives. It was formed in 2017 as a culmination of a series of seed festivals organised all over Tamil Nadu and in a few other States. “The inspiration to preserve native seed varieties came to me while meeting farmers along with Nammalvar, a green crusader. 

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