Jamshedpur, Nov 4: Salai Arun, a travelling seed saver from Tamil Nadu, on Friday interacted with students of Motilal Nehru Public School (MNPS).
He has been traveling for a great cause for five years. He travelled across Tamil Nadu for four years and now, on an all India tour, he was on his visit to Jamshedpur. On Thursday, he reached Bhubaneswar after his stay at Sambhav. In Bhubaneswar, he was given a civic reception on behalf of NCNF, Odisha Chapter.
On Friday, he addressed the students of MNPS. He carries these along with bigger bundles of seeds — 1,000 varieties of brinjal, 20 varieties of marigold, 10 varieties of spinach — all naturally homegrown, compiled and exchanged with farmers for other seeds, through his three-monthlong, 76,000km motorcycle journey across India.
A decade ago, Arun met green crusader G Nammazhwar and trained directly under him in indigenous medicine and farming methods to restore biodiversity. By the end of our meeting, he handed him Rs 5,000 and said you will take this movement forward in Trichy.
“ But it was only in 2022 that I embarked on a serious journey to actualize his dream,” says Arun. Throughout this decade of working odd jobs to earn a livelihood — from cutting vests at a garment factory in Tiruppur to teaching yoga at schools and colleges — Arun ensured he stayed rooted to Nammazhvar’s vision through his foundation Vanagam, at times as a teacher and other times as a volunteer.
On the occasion, Ashu Tiwary, principal, MNPS said that it was a great learning experience for the students. She said that the students need to be made aware about the importance of farming and farmers.
After watching ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’, he combined his dream for travel with his passion for alternative farming methods, and hit the road in July.