Sorting the Good Seeds

Dhoker Jhara Village, India


In this quarter in Dhoker Jhara Village, we concentrated on rice cultivation. This training session we learned about the seeds and their types, as to which type of seeds can be useful and which cannot be useful. We also learned how to prepare good seeds. We reap results according to our hard work. Before, villagers used their own seeds that they stored, and this was their cycle of cultivating grains. After a few times, farmers started using the seeds they brought from the dealer. They noticed that the amount of grains was increasing, but then they also realized that it was a bit costly when they were buying seeds from a dealer. Then through our Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons, farmers were taught about the seeds and their support of TCD measures increased.


We learned that to prepare good seeds, first we have to put salt in cold water and stir well, then put a potato in the solution. After that, we wait for the potato to float in the solution. When the potato starts floating we put seeds in the solution. Now we can see all the bad seeds start floating and the good ones will settle down to the bottom. We take out all the bad seeds and then collect the good seeds to dry. Now the good seeds are ready to use.


This lesson was taught to a group in Dhokhr Jhara that included many ladies. In this group, there was a lady named Fulmuni who said that, in their culture, ladies are not supposed to prepare seeds or clean seeds. This has lent to their poverty.