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Farmers’ suicide on rise in Bengal; parties blame each other

by Manogya Loiwal January 04, 2012 http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/farmers-suicide-in-west-bengal-political-parties-blame-game/1/167132.html Farmers’ suicides have come back to haunt the West Bengal government. Unable to handle the rising inflation, several farmers have committed suicide recently. In some parts the agriculture produce is being set ablaze due to lack of basic storage facilities, pointing at the abysmal condition in the state. However, despite the crisis the state government has turned a blind eye to the farmers’ problems. Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick said the recent suicide in the state was not due to falling crops but due to mental depression among the farmers. He claimed the farmers in Bengal were rich enough to buy high […]

Woman files class action lawsuit against Frito-Lay for marketing genetically-modified snacks as ‘all natural’

January 05, 2012 by Jonathan Benson, staff writer http://www.naturalnews.com/034576_Frito-Lay_GMO_class_action_lawsuit.html#ixzz1ivjmEgp5 (NaturalNews) Many major food manufacturers have been on a kick to jump on the “all natural” bandwagon, with all sorts of processed food products now claiming to be healthy and free of artificial and synthetic ingredients. However, one such company, Frito-Lay, is the subject of a new class action lawsuit that pegs the company for illegally marketing its snack products, which are loaded with genetically-modified (GM) ingredients, as being natural. Represented by Milberg LLP of Los Angeles, Calif., Julie Gengo of Richmond, Calif., recently filed a class action lawsuit against Frito-Lay alleging that its snack products are fraudulently labeled. Frito-Lay Sun […]

Bt or Not to Bt? Risk and Uncertainty Considerations in Technology Assessment

http://www.igidr.ac.in/pdf/publication/WP-2012-001.pdf Srijit Mishra & Sarthak Gaurav IGIDR The acreage under the transgenic Bt cotton seeds in India has risen significantly since its legalization in the year 2002. Discussions on the advantages from the technology have focused on increments in productivity and income, without much analysis on risk. We point out that claims on productivity gains seem to be misplaced, as appropriate counterfactuals do not exist for the same hybrids. In this article we analyse production costs and crop incomes in drought years to test a simplistic theory of risk based on first principles. We employ a mixed-methods framework to draw inferences by combining data from two cross-sectional surveys in Gujarat […]

Watch Rytu Swarajya Vedhika and TV9 Round Table on Youtube-updated

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycpcnOgn1KY&feature=relmfu Part 1 contd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FoQ5fdkSMc&feature=related Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMdt7RMvMHY&feature=relmfu Part 2 contd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPOkZUm8jbE&feature=related Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rooGvDSIPhc&feature=related Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_fj-ck2YYA&feature=related Part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfWeGmeNLng&feature=related Part 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOnxyKCAdik&feature=related Part 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yen9K55f1_o&feature=related Part 8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaRxXb6hupU&feature=related Part 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN5d8sJRJhg&feature=related Part 10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN5d8sJRJhg&feature=related

Over 290 farmers died in past three months: HRF

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/over-290-farmers-died-in-past-three-months-hrf/219091-60-121.html HYDERABAD: The Human Rights Forum has urged the state government to formulate a comprehensive Drought Relief Code to provide effective drought relief and mitigation. “Such a code is imperative because governments continue to exhibit an adhoc nature and tokenism in providing relief towards droughthit people,” HRF general secretary VS Krishna and secretary Anwar said in a statement on Sunday. The HRF teams which visited 47 villages in nine droughthit districts, where farmers have committed suicide, have estimated that not less than 290 farmers have ended their lives over the past three months. “Over 90 per cent farmers taking their own lives are from the rainfed districts of Telangana and […]

BRIEF ON THE NATIONAL MISSION FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE (NMSA)

2010 draft A. Mission Objectives • To devise strategic plans at the agro-climatic zone level so that action plans are contextualised to regional scales in the areas of research and development (R&D), technology and practices, infrastructure and capacity building • To enhance agricultural productivity through customised interventions such as use of bio-technology to develop improved varieties of crops and livestock, promoting efficient irrigation systems, demonstration of appropriate technology, capacity building and skill development • To facilitate access to information and institutional support by expanding Automatic Weather Station networks to the panchayat level and linking them to existing insurance mechanisms including the Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme and the National Agriculture […]

TV9 Rytu Swarajya Vedhika Round Table on Farmers Suicides-Part-1

Watch discussion on ‘Farmers suicides and Way forward’ on TV9 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on sunday 8th January

Watch discussion on Farmers Suicides and Way forward on TV9 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm live from Jubilee hall, Hyderabad on this sunday 8th January.  Participants include leaders of various political parties, Journalist P. Sainath, Farmers and Rytu Swarajya Vedhika members. The Round Table is jointly organised by Rytu Swarajya Vedhika and TV9

No therapy in retail: Vandana Siva

The entry of big corporations into the food chain pushes up retail costs and decreases the share of the farmer. Last Modified: 06 Jan 2012 13:46 As a commodity, food is divorced from its sources – the seeds, the soil, the farmer [EPA] New Delhi, India – In November 2011, when the UPA government announced that it had cleared the entry of big retail chains such as Walmart and Tesco into India through 51 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, it justified the decision saying that FDI in retail would boost food security and benefit farmers’ livelihoods. But the assurance that FDI in retail would ease inflation did not resolve the political […]

Farmer suicides: South India leads list of shame

http://expressbuzz.com/nation/farmer-suicides-south-india-leads-list-of-shame/350158.html NEW DELHI: Saving Tamil Nadu, the three South Indian states account for the maximum number of farmers’ suicides in the country in the last three years. Out of the total 3,160 farmers’ suicides reported from 2009 to 2011, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala alone account for about 1,800 suicides, as per the details collated in the Agriculture Ministry. Tamil Nadu is the only state in south India which has not reported any case of farmer suicide. Among the Southern states, Andhra Pradesh has the highest number of suicide cases. As many as 920 farmers have taken their lives  in Andhra alone in the last three years. Karnataka with 469 […]

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