The Nationally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems in India: Need for Characterization and Scientific Validation

Need for Characterization and Scientific Validation

  • ANURUDH KUMAR SINGH Retired Plant/Agricultural Scientist
  • Rai S Rana, Dr Former Director, NBPGR, New Delhi
Keywords: Agriculture, Agricultural biodiversity, Agricultural practices, Agricultural heritage system, Identification, Characterization, Evaluation, Conservation



Nationally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Anurudh K. Singh1 and Rai S. Rana2

  1. Former Head, Division of Germplasm Conservation, NBPGR;
  2. Former Director, NBPGR, New Delhi;


Agricultural systems and landscapes have been created from times immemorial globally, because of the ingenious interaction of people with natural resources, particularly bioresources. They have been maintained over generations of farmers sustainably, providing food and nutritional security and livelihood support. They are being threatened by the modern agriculture and need to be identified, characterized and assessed for their scientific and economic potential before they are lost. The important ones need to be protected and promoted for wider global use to face the challenges of 21st Century, ensuring facilitated access to genetic resources and associated knowledge and sharing of benefits accrued from their use. The present article discusses the indices that can be used for identification, and the need for in-depth study for scientific characterization and value assessment, so important in the present global scenario of IPR and access and benefit sharing systems. India, carrying one of the oldest heritages of agricultural civilizations, harbours 48 Agricultural Heritage System spread over the various agroecosystem. They are described briefly to stimulate in-depth studies for scientific characterization, value assessment, and protection and promotion, if desired.

Author Biography

ANURUDH KUMAR SINGH, Retired Plant/Agricultural Scientist

Dr. Anurudh K. Singh

Former, Scholar-in-Residence, Dept. of Genetics, MD University, Rohtak

National Genebank Curator & Head, Division of Germplasm Conservation, NBPGR;

Project Coordinator (Pigeonpea) ICAR

Senior Scientist (Germplasm/Cytogenetics), ICRISAT

H.No. 2924, Sector-23, Gurgaon-122 017, Haryana, INDIA

Phone: 91-0124-4110355; Cell: 91-0-9540127222



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