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  project name ~ Selvam Saathiship 2011

category ~ Saathi




  Project Name


Selvam Saathiship 2011



Grama Munnetra Sangam









Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


Rs 240000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Karthik Suryanarayanan


Bay Area
Anti Corruption Team





Selvam and associates during Anti-GM protests in Tamil Nadu





Brief Summary -
Started Erode Environmental Society 1985
Tamil Nadu Green Movement
Quit government, Started Biofertilizer Producing Unit
Started with getting Nammalvar involved
Toured and lectured farmers with Nammalvar for 13 years
Started Multiversity
Organic Farming classes at Rs400 for 4 day class
Started farming and experimenting with SRI





Activism in Tamil Nadu in the sphere of sustainable agriculture for several years. Latest issues involved in include Bt.Brinjal campaign, TN Agri Bill, Kisan Swaraj yatra. Books and Articles - 1). Science of Organic farming— an article series in Vivasayee Ulagam 2). Mallattu Vitahi marmangal (Secrets of GM seeds) -- An article series in Vivasayee Ulagam 3). Numerous articles in various Pen names in Pasumai Vikatan. 4). Paddy Cultivation in Organic Way. 5).Organic farming Techniques (5- Editions). 6). Agro ecological farm design. 7).Quarter Acre Farming 9). Many articles in Dinamani starting from 1995.





From Selvam - I wish to continue to be in the promotion of Organic Farming and to help communities and groups to bring more in the Organic fold. The following are some of the focus activities, I need to concentrate on, to concretize the efforts made in organic farming in Tamil Nadu. • Need to identify persons having flair in writing on Organic Farming issues. • Networking Organic Farmers-Traders-Consumers. There is a very higher level of needs in organizing Organic producers network so that the quality and poison free produces reach the organic outlets without much difficulty. • More and more Organic Farmers are elevated as Trainers. I had made efforts in this line involving Pasumai Vikatan and Nammalvar, but they need to be strengthened. • Building network for GM Free Coalition. • Working on translating books and bringing out booklets and materials related to organic farming and GM. • Developing my farm further, and working towards improved energy efficiency. Constraints The



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