Navara Utsav 2014 was organised by Navara Foundation at Govt. College, Chittur on 17 July, 2014. Remowned agriculture scientist Prof. M S Swaminathan was the chief guest, who read out the Chittur Declaration.
CHITTUR DECLARATION ON THE CONSERVATION OF NAVARA 17TH JULY 2014
NOTING that Navara (of Oriza Sativa) is an endemic rice variety of Kerala with a recorded cultivation history of more than 2000 years. EMPHASISING that the unique grain has exceptional nutritional and medicinal properties and is an essential ingredient in a large number of Ayurvedic formulations for treating ailments like polio, rheumatism, diabetes,neurological complaints, oesteo porois, psoriasis,multiple sclerosis. HIGHLIGHTING that Navara has been registered as a Geographical Indication under leadership of Palakkad Navara Farmers. UNDERSCORING that Navara has been a part of Keralas traditional health diet. DEEPLY CONCERNED that today this invaluable and indigenous species is on the verge of extinction due to various reasons. REALISING that India, traditionally a home for more than 1,00,000 rice varieties is today left with hardly 6000. POINTING OUT that only a few farmers in Kerala and mostly from Palakkad - which is known as the rice bowl of Kerala - are involved in Navara cultivation; committed as they are to protect this traditional rice variety for posterity.
CONSTRAINTS faced by Navara Farmers:
Non-availability of Pure seeds
Cost of cultivation
Lack of marketing
Uneconomic farm size
Lack of awareness
Financial and technical Issues associated with Organic farming
CALLING for the immediate attention of everybody around the world in order to initiate immediate steps for the conservation and propagation of Navara to ensure its benefits for coming generations. URGENTLYAPPEALING to all stake holders to plan and initiate steps in this direction.