Monthly Archives: March 2012

A bonanza for Tamil Nadu farm sector

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, The Hindu, March 27, 2012 Rs.3,800 crore allocated; crop loan target raised Even as the State government set an ambitious food grain production target of 120 lakh tonnes for the next financial year, it has allocated over Rs.3,800 crore for the agriculture sector, said to be the highest ever in the State budget…. Continue reading »

Protests mark 10th anniversary of Bt cotton

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/agriculture/article3248530.ece S & T » Agriculture NEW DELHI, March 27, 2012 Gargi Parsai The Hindu File photo shows Bt cotton hybrid Brahma BG-II raised by South India Cotton Association and Monsanto in Coimbatore for demonstration. Activists charge seed companies, mainly Monsanto, with monopoly Protests marked the 10th anniversary of the introduction of genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton in the… Continue reading »

Agriculture gets highest ever allocation in Tamil Nadu

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Agriculture-gets-highest-ever-allocation/articleshow/12422960.cms CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has set an ambitious foodgrains production target of 120 lakh tonnes for the coming financial year despite the damage to crops due to the Cyclone Thane and floods this year. The budget estimates that foodgrains production will be 105 lakh tonnes during 2011-12 as against a projected 115 lakh tonnes. However, former Union… Continue reading »

With profits heading southward, Gujarat cotton farmers interest wilts

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_with-profits-heading-southward-guj-cotton-farmers-interest-wilts_1667736 In the last decade, cotton prices have seen lots of volatility. However, earnings and margins for cotton farmers in the state have been continuously shrinking in last four to five years. In 2002-03, when BT cotton was introduced, prices of Shankar 6 variety, also known as Gujarat cotton, shot up from around Rs17,000 per… Continue reading »

Be an organic farmer

SUJATA C http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/kids/article3231361.ece GREEN PRACTICES: For health. Photo: The Hindu Photo Library Let your garden go green…no, not in colour but environmentally. Use organic pesticides instead of the chemical ones, as these are more beneficial in the long run. We all love playing in the garden, digging the soil, playing in dirt, watering plants, making… Continue reading »

Bt cotton benefits only false hype, say NGOs

HYDERABAD, MARCH 26: A group of farmers’ associations and non-governmental organisations have asked the Government to conduct a comprehensive, independent review of 10 years of Bt cotton in India. This study is very important as efforts are on to bring biotechnology in other crops in the country. They have termed the claims made by seed… Continue reading »

On 10th anniversary of Bt Cotton, Farmer Unions, Scientists and Social activists reject the False Hype and Failed Promises

Rytu Swarajya Vedika & Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) Press Release Hyderabad, 26/03/2012  Roundtable meeting demands comprehensive review of Bt Cotton On the 10th anniversary of introduction of Bt cotton in India, the Roundtable meeting and press conference organized by Rytu Swarajya Vedika and Centre for Sustainable Agriculture exposed the false hype and failed promises of Bt… Continue reading »

Bt cotton to blame for falling yield, say farmers of Gujarat

http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/GUJ-AHD-bt-cotton-to-blame-for-falling-yield-say-farmers-3017767.html Source: Himansh Dhomse, DNA   |   Last Updated 06:01(26/03/12) Ahmedabad: Are genetically modified (GM) seeds the real culprit behind the fall in yield of cotton crops? Farmers and economists seem to think so. It has been 10 years since genetically-modified Bt cotton was first introduced in the country. The yield of cotton rose… Continue reading »

To fix BPL, nix CPL : P. Sainath

The Hindu To get the Below Poverty Line figures in perspective, we need to closely monitor the numbers driving the Corporate Plunder Line. One Tendulkar makes the big scores. The other wrecks the averages. The Planning Commission clearly prefers Suresh to Sachin. Using Professor Tendulkar’s methodology, it declares that there’s been another massive fall in… Continue reading »

Ministry blames bt cotton for farmer suicides

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/Business/Ministry-blames-bt-cotton-for-farmer-suicides/Article1-830798.aspx India’s Bt cotton dream is going terribly wrong. For the first time, farmer suicides, including those in 2011-12, have been linked to the declining performance of the much hyped genetically modified (GM) variety adopted by 90% of the country’s cotton-growers since being allowed a decade ago. Policymakers have hailed Bt cotton as a success story… Continue reading »