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Farmer & Agricultural Labourers Suicides due to Indebtedness in the Punjab State — a pilot project of Sangrur and Bathinda districts

A Punjab Agricultural Univeristy report Farmer & Agricultural Labourers Suicides due to Indebtedness in the Punjab State — a pilot project of Sangrur and Bathinda districts, submitted to the Punjab government a few days back has sirred a political storm.The survey report says that 2,990 farmers had committed suicide in two districts — 1256 in Bathinda and 1634 in Sangrur district — between 2000 and 2008. This report, more or less like a household census, is considered to be the first authentic survey of the spate of suicides among farmers and agricultural workers.This report comes within a month of the Punjab government’s decision to fix a price for farmer suicides […]

Farmers' demand for conditional cash transfer scheme is justified

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1246132 By – P S M Rao As politicians lend their ears only on the poll eve, those who are working for the cause of people too seek to bring in pressure during that time and try to articulate their demands. A similar exercise is seen in AP from the farmers’ associations and groups working for the betterment of the lives of the farming community. Almost all the farmers’ unions in the state and some 100 NGOs working in the areas of sustainable agriculture have endorsed a manifesto for the farmers. The Centre for Sustainable Agriculture has articulated their demands in the manifesto, particularly for income support, a cash transfer […]

A smarter way to combat hunger

Pedro A. Sanchez1 Pedro A. Sanchez is senior research scholar and director of tropical agriculture at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, New York 10964, USA.Email: psanchez@ei.columbia.edu http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v458/n7235/full/458148a.html Abstract Traditional approaches to supplying food are an inefficient ‘band aid’, says Pedro A. Sanchez. New evidence shows that helping farmers to help themselves is more effective and would be six times cheaper. After decades of progress in the fight to vanquish world hunger, the number of undernourished people is growing again. Estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations suggest that 963 million people1 in poor countries are chronically or acutely hungry — up […]

Where is 'Aam Admi'?

Srijit Misra ‘Business as usual is no longer an option’ has become a catchword with the current financial crisis, but was initially mooted by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) that presented its synthesis report in April 2008. Despite being a signatory to it, despite the acknowledgement of the larger agrarian crisis that the country has been facing and despite the similarity in purpose envisaged in the ‘inclusive growth’ slogan of the Eleventh Five Year Plan and IAASTD’s emphasis on ‘the reduction of hunger and poverty, the improvement of rural livelihoods and human health, and facilitating equitable, socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development,’ one […]

Farm sector needs more policy priority-Dr. Swaminathan

http://www.dc-epaper.com/DC/DCH/2009/02/17/ArticleHtmls/17_02_2009_014_005.shtml?Mode=0 THE interim budget rightly refers to farmers as the ‘real heroes’ of India’s success story, because of the contributions they are making in the areas of food, livelihood and ecological security. The finance minister also said that the Plan allocation for agriculture has been increased by 300 per cent during the last five years and that a flagship programme, R a s h t r i y a Krishi Vikas Yojana, has been launched with an outlay of Rs 25,000 crore. Reference has naturally been made to the agricultural debt waiver and debt relief scheme covering 36 million families at a cost of Rs 65,300 crore. All this, however, […]

Declining villages in shining India

By Muralidhar Rao Farmers’ suicides in the country since 1997 has now touched 1,82,936 by December 2008. It seems there is no end to miseries of the farmers. So-called progressive states during the green revolution like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Punjab are some of the worst affected states.More than two-third of rural Indians and 70 per cent in urban Indians are reporting that they don’t get a full intake of 2,700 kilo calories, defined to be a minimum norm. The percentage of people reporting that they don’t get two square meals a day is still relatively large. The levels of undernourishment and malnourishment continue to be shockingly high as […]

Neo-Liberal Terrorism in India: The Largest Wave of Suicides in History

By P. SAINATHCounterPunch, Feb 12 2009http://www.counterpunch.org/sainath02122009.htmlThe number of farmers who have committed suicide in India between 1997 and 2007 now stands at a staggering 182,936. Close to two-thirds of these suicides have occurred in five states (India has 28 states and seven union territories). The Big 5 – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh– account for just about a third of the country’s population but two-thirds of farmers’ suicides. The rate at which farmers are killing themselves in these states is far higher than suicide rates among non-farmers. Farm suicides have also been rising in some other states of the country.It is significant that the count of farmers […]

Fraud on the nation: Krushi bank, Nagarjuna, Subiksha, Satyam what next?

Technorati Tags: Corporations,retail chains Today watching the entire episode of SATYAM computers and biggest corporate fraud the MD hatched in the history of India brings back some fundamental questions on the model of development we are planning for all of us.  Software industry, Biotech industry, Retail chains, real estate, private banks and power sector are which are shown as icons of developments are seen suddenly falling.  Ramalinga Raju, SATYAM, Managing Director after getting caught in the controversies of buying shares in MYTAS infra (owned by ramalingaraju’s son and its name is reverse of SATYAM) and also getting blacklisted by World Bank on charges of malpractices today agreed that he the […]

Increased indebtedness leads to farmer suicides: NCEUS

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/increased-indebtedness-leads-to-farmer-suicides-nceus/401178/0 New Delhi, Dec 21 : The consumption expenditure of marginal and small farmers exceeds their estimated income by a substantial margin and presumably the deficits have to be plugged by borrowing or other means. Increased indebtedness is a major cause for the spurt in farmers’ suicides during recent times across a number of states, according a recent report of the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS). A marginal farmer is defined as one having landholding less than 2.5 acre and a small farmer is defined as one having less than 5 acre. In India, a majority of the farmers are marginal and small. The NCEUS headed […]

Institutionalised corruption in Vidharba-hostile to farmers: VJAS writes to Maharashtra CM

VJAS has been monitoring vidarbha farmers suicides and agrarian crisis since 1999 and we are glad that your Govt. and UPA govt. at the centre has first officially admitted that west vidarbha cotton famers are in pathetic condition and committing suicides and has declared timely relief packages in 2005 and 2006 but as on today if we look at the net result of these Rs.5000 crore relief packages it is crystal clear that all relief packages failed to stop on going farm suicides on vidarbha more over it failed to provide any help or healing touch to the 2 million distressed farmers of west vidarbha .please look at the graph […]

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