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37th Sodhayatra will be held in Odisha from 11-18th May 2017 : From Barpali to Nrusinghanath

37th Sodhayatra will be held in Odisha from 11-18th May 2017 : From Barpali to Nrusinghanath

 Bargarh 24th April 2017 : A group of Researcher of National & International repute will visit Bargarh District from 11th May 2017 to 18th May 2017 to collect the socio economical & environmental as well as data relating to Biodiversity under the banner  of 39th Shodh Yatra . The Sodhyatra  will be held in Odisha for the second time in Odisha from 11th to 18th May, 2017, Barpali to Nrusinghnath, of Bargarh district, Odisha. Earlier 17th Sodhayatra  was held in Odisha from Patangi to Koraput during May 2006. ShodhYatras are held in rural areas of different geographical locations in India twice a year, with support from the Honey Bee Network. The aim of this ShodhYatra is to felicitate local grassroots innovators, traditional knowledge-holders, students with innovative ideas and people who have made a significant contribution to society in conserving bio‐diversity, etc. at their door steps and in front of their community. The marching group of shodhyatris consists of scientists, innovators, villagers, students and professors who walk over a period of six to eight days, to convey the message of the Honey Bee Network. Biodiversity and idea competitions are organised among children, while Food Formulation contests are organised among women in some of the villages (particularly with a focus on food formulations in which at least one less known or forgotten plant produce has been used). It is a journey of mutual exchange and sharing of knowledge.

The following activities are undertaken during the ShodhYatra:

  • Felicitation of local innovators and traditional knowledge holders
  • Organising traditional food formulation competitions, biodiversity competitions to promote local biodiversity conservation and generating awareness about the same
  • Knowing and understanding local issues and problems of villagers by conducting village meetings
  • Sharing open source information available with SRISTI which may be of use to the local people
  • Identification of centenarians, enterprising women and children, artisans, rural researchers and people contributing to the preservation of natural resources
  • Preparing of a register of local knowledge and local plant diversities
  • Generating awareness about preservation of local species and local biodiversity
  • Promoting low cost and sustainable agricultural technologies

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