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FAO Recognises Traditional Agriculture System in Koraput Region

FAO has officially recognized the Traditional Agricultural System of Koraput  as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) site. This was officially declared on 3rd January 2012 at the Indian Science Congress organized by KIIT University in Bhubaneswar. This is an important recognition of our Tribal System of Agriculture and its conservation will only strengthen our fight against serious environmental challenges like climate change. The official release added “The recognition of the Koraput Traditional Agricultural System as a GIAHS site will guarantee local and international efforts for the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of its genetic resources, and the recognition of tribal peoples’ contribution to biodiversity and knowledge systems, whilst increasing attention to their natural and […]

CSE comments on Pesticide Management Bill

Factsheet-Pesticides management bill, 2008

Agricultural Policy Strategy, Instruments and Implementation: A Review and the Road Ahead

Bhupat M Desai, Errol D’Souza, John W Mellor, Vijay Paul Sharma, Prabhakar Tamboli Economic and Political Weekly, December 31, 2011 For 40 years, India’s agricultural growth rate has averaged less than one-third of the government’s modest target of 4%. The sector’s performance has been about the same before and after the economic reforms in the early 1990s. The reforms that brought a dramatic acceleration of growth in urban sectors have essentially had no effect on agriculture. Slow agricultural growth has had ill-effects on food security, food price inflation and poverty reduction because of the inadequate level and composition of public expenditure. Agricultural education, research, extension and a wide range of ancillary […]

Policy Brief on Future Outlook and Options for Target Crops: The Sorghum and Pearl millet economy of India

Policy Brief on Future Outlook and Options for Target Crops: The Sorghum and Pearl millet economy of India download More  than  60  percent  of  the  area  in  India  is  cultivated  under  arid  and  semiarid conditions  which  provide  around  40  percent  of  the  food  production.  Farmers  here  are exposed  to  harsh  agro  climatic  conditions,  as  they  have  to  cultivate  shallow  and  poor  soils, under  drought  prone  conditions  receiving  low  and  erratic rainfall  below  600  mm.  Recurrent drought  coupled  with  frequent  dry  spells  further  exacerbate  the  situation.  In  the  last  few decades  these  regions  are  facing  a  shrinking  natural  resource  base  and  land  degradation, resulting  in  low  productivity  in  crop  and  livestock  sector.  This  in  turn  is  contributing  to poverty,  malnutrition  and indebtedness  of  small  […]

Rural reality of India’s 26 rupee a day poverty line 23 November 2011 Last updated at 00:29 GMT  Hariya lives in one of the poorest parts of India The Indian government recently said that anyone spending 26 rupees (51 US cents) or more a day in rural areas could not be called poor. BBC Hindi’s Rajesh Joshi travelled to the central Bundelkhand region to discover the reality behind the poverty line. Every morning, Hariya and his family climb up a rocky hill to reach their fields on the other side of the river Betua in the village of Gevra in the Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Barefoot and hungry, Hariya’s four-year old granddaughter, Shivani, and her two elder siblings also trudge […]


Respected Member of Parliament, Sub: OPPOSE THE INTRODUCTION OF BRAI BILL, SLATED FOR BUSINESS ON 22ND NOV. 2011 Namaste. The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill is slated for Business on 22nd November 2011 in the Lok Sabha. This Bill and its introduction has already been opposed by several MPs cutting across party lines. While some have expressed their views in opinion pieces, others have written to the Prime Minister asking him to scrap the Bill or not introduce it in haste. These include MPs from BJP, CPM, RJD, JD-U, Independent etc. Why should the Bill be not introduced?: – A Ministry promoting modern biotechnology (Ministry of Science & […]

22 नवंबर 2011 को संसद में पेश हो रहे बी.आर.ए.आई. बिल का विरोध करें

  22 नवंबर 2011 को संसद में पेश हो रहे बी.आर.ए.आई. बिल का विरोध करें चूँकि यह ‘बायोटेक्नोलॉजी रेग्युलेटरी अथारिटी ऑफ इंडिया बिल’ गलत उद्देश्य के लिए बनाया गया गलत बिल है मान्यवर, पिछले साल पहली जीएम खाद्द्य फसल को लेकर पूरे देश में जोरदार बहस छिड़ी। बीटी बैंगन के रूप में पहली जीएम (जेनटिक मोडिफाइड) खाद्य फसल को वर्ष2009  में केंद्र सरकार की परिनियमित इकाई (जीइएसी)ने व्यावसायिक खेती की अनुमति दे दी थी। लेकिन इस विवादास्पद खाद्य फसल पर चली देशव्यापी बहस को देखते हुए केन्द्रीय पर्यावरण एवं वन मंत्री ने सतर्कता बरती और बीटी बैंगन पर रोक लगा दी। उन्होंने कहा कि जब तक स्वतंत्र वैज्ञानिक अध्ययनों से सार्वजनिक और व्यावसायिक रूप […]

Bills affecting agriculture before parliament for approaval

friends there are five bills which are pending before parliament and may come up for approval in this session starting from22nd nov. We request you to kindly share the following concerns and suggestions on these bills with your MPs and request them to bring them up while during discussion.  This would of great help. We keep you posted on the developments. Courtesy: Dr. Donthi Narasimha Reddy BRAI Bill-clausewise problems Pesticide Bill-clausewise problems Seed Bill 2010 – Problems and suggestions Suggestions on LA-APKisan ASHA response to National Food Security Bill pls contact for other language versions

AP CM seeks remunerative MSP, confident of 10% growth for A.P. at NDC

Hon’ble Chief Minister Sri N.Kiran Kumar Reddy speech at NDC meet at Delhi on 22-10-11. The Chief Minister Sri N Kiran Kumar Reddy today declared that Andhra Pradesh is confident of achieving a growth rate of 10% during the 12th Plan period. He said the corresponding sectoral growth targets would be 6% for agriculture, 10.5% for industry and 11.5% for services. He said the new initiatives undertaken for the welfare of the farmers, women, students, SCs, STs, BCs, Minorities and the poorest of the poor in the State definitely made their lives brighter. The Chief Minister said under Jalayagnam, the State Government have taken up 86 major and medium […]


THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE PRICE COMMISSION BILL, 2011 By SHRI RAJU SHETTI, M.P. A BILL to provide for the establishment of a Statutory  autonomous Commission for the purpose of ensuring minimum support remunerative prices to farmers for their agricultural produce and for  matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

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