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Telangana Cooperatives Act 2016

The Andhra Pradesh Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies Act, 1995 came in response to an understanding  in the state government, that the policy and legislative environment for investment sensitive, investor owned and controlled business was being increasingly opened, while usage-sensitive, user owned and controlled business continue to be very tightly controlled. In order for rural producers and others to engage with labour, financial, commodity markets effectively, it was understood that disadvantages communities needed a more liberal cooperative law. However, the G.O.28 significantly takes away the spirit of autonomy available in the AP Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies Act, 1995. The G.O. assuming that cooperatives as “peoples” institutions – Cooperatives are not peoples’ […]

Farmers Tax Exempt—So Is Company With Rs 215-Cr Profit

It’s reasonably well known that income from agriculture attracts no tax in India. What isn’t quite as well known is that of more than 400,000 taxpayers claiming exemption for agricultural income in the assessment year 2014-15, the biggest were seed giant Kaveri Seeds—it claimed Rs 186.63 crore exemption and made a profit of Rs 215.36 crore before tax—and multinational Monsanto India, which claimed Rs 94.40 crore as exemption from agricultural income and earned Rs 138.74 crore profit before tax. Agro-companies growing crops are allowed the same tax relief as individuals in states levying no agricultural income tax, although some states do indeed tax some kinds of farming. “Allowing big farmers—individuals […]

High Court stops Nuziveedu Seeds from selling Bt cotton under Monsanto brand

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/high-court-stops-nuziveedu-seeds-from-selling-bt-cotton-under-monsanto-brand/articleshow/51060790.cms NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court today restrained Indian firm Nuziveedu Seeds from selling Bt cotton seeds using the trade-mark of US-based agro major Monsanto’s Indian arm Mahyco Monsanto Biotech Ltd (MMBL). Justice Vipin Sanghi also asked the Hyderabad-based seed company to pay the royalty to MMBL, a joint venture between US-based Monsanto and Mahyco, after selling the old stock manufactured prior to November 2015. The bench restrained Nuziveedu Seeds from selling seeds manufa .. Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/51060790.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Farmers who won padmasree

2009: Goriparti Narasimha Raju, Andhra Pradesh   http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/list-of-padma-awardees-2009/article383151.ece 2012: T Vengatapathi Reddiar, Tamil Nadu http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/model-farmer-receives-the-padma-shri/article3299040.ece

Haryana, Punjab may cut Bt cotton sowing

Haryana, Punjab may cut Bt cotton sowing The move comes after a joint action panel recommended use of traditional varieties as they were immune to pest attacks Komal Amit Gera  |  Chandigarh February 18, 2016 Last Updated at 22:35 IST http://www.business-standard.com/article/markets/haryana-punjab-may-cut-bt-cotton-sowing-116021800315_1.html Image via Shutterstock ALSO READ Surinder Sud: Nibbling away at yield, profitPrice control may stifle India’s cotton seed industryLetters: Inadequate regulationPak cheers Indian cotton industry Farmer suicides in Punjab and Haryana in the aftermath of extensive damage to the cotton crop in 2015-16 due to pest attack has led to a swing in official opinion against genetically modified (Bt) seeds. A Joint Action Committee was appointed by the two state […]

Lettuce Produces More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Bacon Does

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A vegetarian diet does not necessarily have a low impact on the environment By Brittany Patterson, ClimateWire on December 15, 2015  http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lettuce-produces-more-greenhouse-gas-emissions-than-bacon-does/ Bacon lovers of the world, rejoice! Or at the least take solace that your beloved pork belly may be better for the environment in terms of greenhouse gas emissions than the lettuce that accompanies it on the classic BLT. This is according to a new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University who found that if Americans were to switch their diets to fall in line with the Agriculture Department’s 2010 dietary recommendations, it would result in a 38 percent increase in energy use, 10 percent bump in […]

Lie of the land: Only 39 of 133 GM crop field trials monitored in 6 years

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-lie-of-the-land-only-39-of-133-gm-crop-field-trials-monitored-in-6-years-2127361 The Centre has always claimed that the country has a robust regulatory mechanism Genetically modified or genetically engineered crops are those in which genes are tweaked to get the desired characteristics by either inserting another gene or altering existing ones Busting the claims of the Indian government and scientists that the country has a robust regulatory mechanism to test genetically modified (GM) crops, toxic loopholes are emerging. From 2008 to 2014, only 39 of the 133 GM crop field trials were properly monitored, leaving the rest for unknown risks and possible health hazards to common people. Documents accessed by dna reveals that the GMO regulator, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee […]

2012 SERP study of beneficieries of 421 GO

While there is pressure on the government to recognise the farmer suicides and support the affected families under 421 GO, the study done by Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) in 2012 shows that the situation of the families with this meagre support it self has not made much difference in the lives of the people. This is one of the largest sample study ever done. Download the reports. Farmer_Suicide data lr. to Dist. Collectors on farmers suicides (1) Report on Farmers suicide v4 Total District Abstracts

Mahaboobnagar reeling under drought

The crisis is further aggravated by the changed cropping patterns. today Mahaboobnagar has 30% area under cotton, about 30% area under orchard crops and 15% each under paddy and hybrid maize which are water guzzling. The district which receives on average 500 mm rainfall is increasingly seeing deficit in no. of rainy days. for example in July, Amangal dist received 25% of the monthly average rainfall only in a day and rest of the days were dry. Government should immediately focus on protecting any crop which is surviving. this needs plans for protective irrigation. any tubewells in the village should be blocked for use to grow water intensive crops like […]

Telangana Rytu JAC

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