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‘The Odisha government wants to bring Bt Cotton to Kalahandi’ P. Sainath

P Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor, The Hindu and 2007 Magsaysay award winner, shares with Pradeep Baisakh his views on the POSCO project, Odisha farmers’ suicides and the National Food Security Bill You have visited Odisha quite often. How, in your view, has it changed in the last 20 years? Inequalities have increased massively. Earlier, we used to hire jeeps which were falling apart. Today, to go to Kalahandi, you have Innovas, Scorpios, Safaris. And in the same place there are people who have pledged their crop until 2015 to moneylenders. Kalahandi’s problem is exploitation even today. Odisha’s per capita food production is higher than the national average for last 30-40 […]

Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture-Interview with Raidu DV

The Andhra Pradesh agriculture department has decided to join hands with the rural development ministry’s Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) to take the Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA)  programme forward. This ushers in good news as it indicates the acceptance of chemical free agriculture by the agriculture department, which is usually known to back chemicals in the name of productivity.DV Raidu, Director, Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA) in an interview with Savvy Soumya Misra talks about the success of the programme and its future  with the agriculture ministry. How do you see the partnership with agriculture department panning out in promoting sustainable agriculture in the state? With this partnership, […]

Mahatma Gandhi on Institutions and Finances relevant even today

There is a lot of discussion on why public institutions are failing today…and one of the excuses was that there are no funds. i will to share some very interesting quotes by Mahatma Gandhi…on Institutions and finances-relevant even today Institutions and Public Support 844. It is my settled conviction that no deserving institution ever dies for want of support. Institutions that have died have done so either because there was nothing in them to commend them to the public or because those in control lost faith, or which is perhaps the same thing, lost stamina. I would therefore urge the conductors of such institutions not to give in because of […]

Q&A: M S Swaminathan, member of NAC ‘A second Green Revolution will never happen’

A old but interesting interview with Dr. Swaminathan Sreelatha Menon / New Delhi March 13, 2011, 0:56 IST M S Swaminathan, member of the National Advisory Council and father of the Green Revolution, tells Sreelatha Menon that the government’s allocation for agriculture is insignificant Doesn’t the Union Budget reflect a new focus on agriculture? I have got tired of this kind of lip service. In the last budget there was an announcement to encourage 60,000 villages to grow pulses. But the allocation was so small that each village would have barely got Rs 50,000. Revenue foregone in corporate taxes is Rs 3.75 lakh crore and you give Rs 300 crore […]

Agri-reforms should be placed on priority: Dr Ashok Gulati

http://www.fnbnews.com/article/detnews.asp?articleid=29836&sectionid=11 Monday, May 16, 2011 Irum Khan Dr Ashok Gulati, chairman, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), says liberal agri-reforms with more involvement of private players will help begetting progressive changes in the market. Gulati particularly stresses on building an intelligent market agency to expediting the decision making process during critical market situations. Excerpts from the interview.. What is the role that you would want Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP) to play pro-actively under your chairmanship in the coming days? First and foremost, I would like to see that the MSP (minimum support price), which is announced by the government for various agricultural commodities, after taking into […]

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