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Maharashtra debt-ridden farmers threaten suicide over irregular power supply

Palshi village (Maharashtra), Jan 20 (ANI): Hundreds of farmers in Maharashtra’s Amravati District on Friday threatened to commit suicide en-masse over the State Government’s failure to redress the problem of irregular power supply.  Farmers of Amravati District’s Palshi village climbed atop a 150-feet high water tank to protest against irregular electricity supply.“We demand that we be provided uninterrupted electricity supply for 12 hours every day, and at a proper voltage. Currently we get electricity for just four to five hours everyday, at low voltage levels,” said Rajendra Marade, Deputy Chief of the Palshi Village Council.They descended after a few hours, but only after receiving assurances from power supply officials that […]

DC hears woes of ryots families

Newindianexpress Saturday January 20 2007 12:36 IST SHIMOGA: Distressed widows, sons and daughters who were orphaned by the death of their farmer husbands or fathers gathered at the DC office to seek help from the government.Due to the heavy loans the head of their family had committed suicide. But the major question who will solve their problem? A meeting was called at the DC’s office on Friday to discuss their problems.The meeting aimed to identify cases of farmer suicides in Shimoga division and to disburse compensation under the special package announced by the Central Government. The poor condition of the families of the dead farmers was the main issue of […]

Adopt bottom up approach to revive agriculture: Experts

ASHOK B SHARMAFinancial Express, January 19 2007 NEW DELHI, JAN 18: Farmers and experts have told the Knowledge Commission that top-down approach in planning has damaged Indian agriculture. It is time to initiate the process of bottom-up approach and recognise the knowledge generated by generation of farmers over centuries as the tool for resolving the present crisis.Knowledge Commission was set up Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh in October 2005 under the chairmanship of the telecom czar, Sam Pitroda to suggest generation, dissemination and use of knowledge in all sectors of the economy. The commission recently met exclusively for agriculture and the meeting was presided over by the panel’s vice chairman Pushp […]

India: Bumper cotton yield fails to resolve agrarian crisis

January 18, 2007… Bumper cotton yield in the 2006-2007 season failed to resolve agrarian crisis that farmers in Maharashtra are facing. Even after bumper cotton yield, Government officials declared special relief packages to curb farmers’ suicides in Vidarbha. While Maharashtra cotton marketing federation estimated yield of around 27.5 million quintals, Cotton Advisory Board revised its estimates to 25 million quintals now. According to estimate, about 15 million quintals of cotton have been traded by private traders, Cotton Corporation of India and the state federation till mid-January. During this season, cotton productivity increased from three quintals per acre to six on an average. Even the cost of production also increased […]

CPM cadres raid Nandigram

8 dead; TMC, Cong call for bandh todaySubhrangshu GuptaTribune News Service Kolkata, January 7A group of CPM cadres, armed with automatic rifles and other weapons and wearing police uniforms, raided Nandigram village last night and gunned down at least six farmers in accordance to the party’s suddenly adopted policy of applying force against the Krishi Bachaoo Committee, opposing the land transfer to Indonesia’s Salim group. In the clashes that followed between the two groups, two CPM workers were also killed. Over 12 were severely injured either by gunshots or blasts and they had been admitted to different hospitals in Midnapore town and Kharagpur, where the condition of seven was stated […]

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