The Kerala State Biodiversity Board has taken up a project to preserve and enhance the diversity of tuber crops in the region and create a gene bank.
Farmers in Thazhakara, Mannar, Chennithala, Mavelikara, Thekkekara, and Chettikulangara grama panchayats, and Mavelikara municipality will be involved in the participatory project.
The KSBB has identified 13 species of tuber crops including two varieties of Greater Yam (Kaachil), eight varieties of Colocasia (chembu) and three other tuber species cultivated by farmers in Onattukara.
KSBB member secretary K.P. Laladhas said a list of 29 tubers that could be introduced in the Onattukara region had been prepared.