10th Thenur to Sevapur (Tamil Nadu) December,2002

10th Shodh yatra - Tamilnadu

‚ÄčThis shodh yatra has been completed.

10th Thenur to Sevapur (Tamil Nadu) Shodhyatra Report

The 10th shodh yatra took place in the state of Tamilnadu and stretched from the village of Thiruvadgam to the village of Shovepur. The entire distance of 150km was covered by foot. The 10th shodh yatra was managed by:

P Viveknandan
45, TPM nagar

In the 10th shodh yatra we concerned ourselves with a range of following fields:

1) Farming, animal husbandry, cock-rearing, and other rural technologies such as carpentry.

2) Local veterinarians (vardh), famers who follow organic practices; teachers of off-beat beneficial ideas, traditional knowledge and women innovators.

3) Traditional knowledge as in the fields of organic farming, homeopathic medicine in the treatment of conditions in both humans and animals.

4) The promotion of the formation of similar organisations (with similar concerns) from local initiative.

5) For the benefit of students who are largely unaware of the value of conservation of the local environment, a competition will be held in different villages celebrating the diversities in plant species. Here, the students who identify the most species are rewarded with prizes in every village covered in the shodhyatra.

6) The identification of unknown crop varieties and the various uses to which they are put and the varying methods of preparation of foods from these crops across the villages. This will be identified through various competitions held among the women of the villages.
The useful knowledge learned through these competitions will be taken note of and where relevant will be replicated back in villages in Gujurat.

7) Crops cultivated for their suitabilty to particular land types, methods of cattle rearing, homeopathic treatment and even challenges faced on the social fronts as a result of confrontation between man and environment.

8) Sharing practices recorded by SRISTI and Honeybee with the various villages through a computerized multimedia database. This will be shown to the farmers, women and children of the village; also traditional knowledge will be recorded and shared.

This Shodh yatra saw the participation of students, scientists, farmers, teachers, NGO workers and among others. As part of this yatra, 100 to 125 people in a group walked from village to village focusing innovations and traditional knowledge.