April 28, 2022 :
‘Maharashtra Gene Bank Programme for Conservation, Management and Revival of Local Bio-Resources’ was initiated in the year 2014 covering over 142 villages spread over nine districts from different agro-climatic zones of Maharashtra. The BAIF Programme aims at preventing the erosion of valuable genetic resources, ensuring enriched knowledge and their conservation while being directly linked with food security, livelihood and climate change adaptation capacity of rural and tribal communities.
With an aim to document native natural resources and conserve them with the help of the local community that will ensure not just biodiversity conservation but also inclusion of traditional knowledge, the Maharashtra Cabinet approved the Maharashtra Gene Bank, a first-of-its-kind project in India. BAIF welcomed the decision of the Government of Maharashtra to widen the scope of the Maharashtra Gene Bank Programme and continue its mission of Agrobiodiversity conservation.