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Memorandum to AP Chief Secretary on Loan Waiver

140622 Chief Secretary Telangana final Download Rytu Swarajya Vedhika has a submitted a memorandum with the following demands. As a first measure, the Government must delink the loan waiver proposal from distribution of Kharif loans for the current agricultural season and should immediately take action to disburse crop loans  without delay to all the farmers including Tenant farmers. While the farming community is in deep crisis due to indebtedness, loan waiver is not a solution to end the crisis. The crisis is still continuing even after the debt waiver and relief extended during 2008.   A comprehensive solution lies in bringing in policy changes related to all aspects of agriculture (Credit, input […]

Mr. Prime Minister – You are wrong. GM crops are dangerous, and there is sound scientific evidence. says Coalition for GM Free India

Mr. Prime Minister – You are wrong. GM crops are dangerous, and there is sound scientific evidence. says Coalition for GM Free India Coalition challenges the PM to prove that concerns about Bt Crops are prejudiced. New Delhi, 4th Feb, 2014: Reacting to the promotional statement on Genetically Modified (GM) crops by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in his inaugural address at the Indian Science Congress which started in Jammu yesterday [1], the Coalition for a GM Free India stated that the Prime Minister is wrong and wilfully misleading the nation on the issue of genetically modified (GM) crops. The statement by the PM that the nation “should not succumb to unscientific […]

Farmers’ Organisations on World Agriculture Forum

English Pamphlet on WAF English Telugu WAF karapatram

Illegal planting of GM corn during field trials by Monsanto in UAS, Dharwad, Karnataka: GM Free Coalition

Coalition for GM-Free India April 9th 2012 To Smt.Jayanti Natarajan, Minister for Environment & Forests ( Independent Charge ) Ministry for Environment & Forests. Dear Madam, Re: Illegal planting of GM corn during field trials by Monsanto in UAS, Dharwad, Karnataka Ref : Letter from the MoEF dtd 12017/10/2012/CS-III dated 19th March, 2012. We appreciate the response from the Ministry’s Gentic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) on the above subject; however we would like to point out that extracts from the minutes of the GEAC meeting 115 on February 8, 2012 does nothing to establish the legality of planting NK603. The GEAC minutes have not addressed or answered our representation about this serious […]

THOUSANDS MORE FARMERS JOINING KISAN-KHET MAZDOOR MAHAPANCHAYAT ON PARLIAMENT STREET: MAHAPANCHAYAT RESOLVES TO STAY PUT UNTIL DEMANDS MET

FAMERS’ DEMANDS TO THE PRIME MINISTER New Delhi, March 19, 2013: On the second day of a large farmers’ rally in the heart of India’s capital here today, the Mahapanchayat (great assembly) of farmers and agriculture workers resolved to stay put until their demands are met. In a historical new formation, people’s movements and large farmers’ unions have come together to defend land rights and protect farm livelihoods. Lambasting the government for its anti-farmer policies, speaker after speaker rejected government’s development paradigm, which neglects rural India and agri livelihoods. The night saw thousands of farmers sleeping on Parliament Street in the open, with the government choosing to ignore them. “We are […]

Greenpeace Challenges Sharad Pawar, says GM crops cannot offer food security Activists occupy FCI’s godown on eve of Parliament Budget session

  New Delhi, February 20, 2013: Rejecting Sharad Pawar’s stance on GM crops being the answer to India’s food security, 17 Greenpeace activists unfurled a massive banner with the message “Say NO to GM, Yes to Food Security” at the Food Corporation of India’s godown in Delhi’s Mayapuri area. As the parliament prepares to kick off the budget session tomorrow, this act reiterates that the solution lies in adopting a holistic view of food security with focus on better food distribution systems rather than promoting false solutions like genetically modified crops (GM). The police immediately came at the venue and detained the activists, they were later taken to Mayapuri police […]

Farmer unions speak out in Hyderabad on GM crops on National Food Safety Day

On National Safe Food Day (Feb 9, 2013), Farmer Unions and Civil Society groups in Hyderabad declare that GM crops are not required for Food Security, and demand that the government should implement Parliamentary Standing Committee and Supreme Court Tech Committee recommendations Several farmer union leaders and civil society groups came together at press meet on National Safe Food Day to speak out about GM crops, 3 years after they raised strong concerns about Bt Brinjal which led to the Centre declaring a moratorium on Feb 9th, 2010. This day is being observed as National Safe Food Day by groups across the country. The following points were highlighted: (1) We reject […]

Conference organised by the Ministry of Agriculture on “Doubling Food Production in Five Years” – Ignoring Parliament – In brazen support of corporate interests at the expense of farmers

Coalition for a GM-Free India New Delhi 29-01-2013 To Shri Sharad Pawar, Ministry for Agriculture, Goverrnment of India. Re: Conference organised by the Ministry of Agriculture on “Doubling Food Production in Five Years” – Ignoring Parliament – In brazen support of corporate interests at the expense of farmers’ – reg. It has come to our attention that the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) is organising a Conference on “Doubling Food Production in Five years” from February 1-3, 2013 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. On the face of it, it appears to be a regular program of the Ministry. However, two things draw our attention to this particular Conference : first, the […]

Deposition before Supreme Court Committee on Concerns over GM Crops

120714 SC Committee Deposition Download the submission Concerns on gm crops View more presentations from Ramanjaneyulu GV.

Please endorse: CITIZENS’ LETTER TO DR SWAPAN KUMAR DATTA

If you want to endorse the following letter, please write back to me, at kavitha.kuruganti@gmail.com by tomorrow evening (24th May – sorry for the short notice). If you cannot write to me by tomorrow evening for some reason, please send this letter directly to the people marked in the Citizens’ Letter to Dr Swapan Kumar Datta.To: Dr Swapan Kumar Datta, DDG-Crop Science, Indian Council For Agricultural Research, New Delhi. Email: ddgcs.icar@nic.in   Dear Dr Swapan Kumar Datta, Sub: Your reported offer of Indian gene banks to MNC partners – our serious objection and resistance to the same Ref: “India Institute seeks expertise in global seed business”, Wall Street Journal (India) on May 18th 2012, […]

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