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What is wrong with the Policies in India-a case of Paddy in Andhra Pradesh

A note on what is wrong with our pricing policies.  This is the second draft suggestions are welcome

Small loans add up to lethal debts

ERIKA KINETZ APDEBT AND DEATH: Family members with a photograph of Hari Prasad, who took his own life in August 2010 by consuming pesticide in their home in Kadiri in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. He had run up debts with a microfinance company. In the photograph taken last week are Sunita, the widow, 22, along with her daughter Shwetha, 5. RELATED Microfinance under stress NEWS Reforming microfinanceMicrofinance under stressChallenges in microfinanceFarmers’ suicides: Kisan Sabha to stage fastVikram Akula quits SKSSKS Microfinance hopes to come out of red by 2012-13 TOPICS macro economicscredit and debt social issueeuthanasia (also includes assisted suicide) social issues (general) welfare economy, business and finance The […]

Poor allocation to agriculture sector flayed

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article2924643.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home HYDERABAD, FEB. 23: Rythu Swarajya Vedika has flayed the Andhra Pradesh Government for allocating meagre allocations for agriculture and allied sectors in the 2012-13 Budget . “In a huge Budget of Rs 1.40 lakh crore, agriculture has got just Rs 2,946 crore. Even if you add allocations to allied sectors, the figure would touch only the 5,890-crore mark. A good part of it goes as salaries. Farmers will get nothing,” Mr Kiran Kumar Vissa of AID India and Dr. D. Narasimha Reddy (Chetana Society), said. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, they criticised the Government for not giving enough focus to a sector that takes care of the […]

Expert calls for paradigm shift in agriculture research

‘Undue emphasis being laid on genetically modified crops’ Sage advice:Center for Sustainable Agriculture Executive Director G.V. Ramanjaneyulu addressing a seminar at Regional Agricultural Research Station in Guntur on Friday.—Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar The Green Revolution in India was possible due to import of advanced technologies from developed countries, mainly the U.S., and a dominant role played by the government, which extended remarkable assistance to farmers in producing crops and selling them at remunerative price. In the post-Green Revolution scenario, India continued to adopt technologies that were best suited for large land holdings such as those in the U.S., where agriculture was heavily subsidised and the regulatory agencies played their role […]

వ్యవసాయ బడ్జెట్ ఎప్పుడు? – సుస్థిర వ్యవసాయ కేంద్రం

ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ శాసనసభలో నేడు 2012-13 ఆర్థిక సంవత్సర బడ్జెట్‌ను ప్రవేశపెట్టనున్నారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా రాష్ట్ర వ్యవసాయరంగంలో నెలకొనివున్న విషాద, విపత్కర పరిస్థితులను గుర్తు చేయక తప్పదు. క్రైం బ్యూరో రికార్డుల ప్రకారం 2010లో రాష్ట్ర వ్యాప్తంగా 2,525 మంది రైతులు ఆత్మహత్య చేసుకున్నారు. గత ఏడాది కేవలం అక్టోబర్-నవంబర్ నెలల్లో 156 మంది రైతులు ఆత్మహత్య చేసుకున్నట్టు వార్తలు తెలియజేస్తున్నాయి. వ్యవసాయరంగంలో నెలకొన్న సంక్షోభానికి రైతుల ఆత్మహత్యలు ఒక చిన్న ప్రతీక మాత్రమే. పెట్టుబడులు పెరిగిపోయి, ధరలు గిట్టుబాటు కాని పరిస్థితిలో దాదాపు 85వేల ఎకరాలలో రైతులు ‘పంట విరామం’ ప్రకటించారు. విస్తృత ప్రచారంలోకి రాకుండా రైతులు క్రాప్ హాలిడే ప్రకటించిన భూముల విస్తీర్ణం మరింత ఎక్కువ ఉంటుంది. రైతులను కృంగదీస్తోన్న వివిధ సమస్యలపై రైతు స్వరాజ్య వేదిక, సుస్థిర వ్యవసాయ కేంద్రం, ఆక్స్‌ఫామ్ ఇండియాలు సంయుక్తంగా ఈ నెల 6న హైదరాబాద్‌లోని ‘సెస్’లో (సెంటర్ ఫర్ ఎకనామిక్స్ అండ్ సోషల్ స్టడీస్)లో ఒక రౌండ్ టేబుల్ సమావేశాన్ని నిర్వహించాయి. వడ్డే శోభనాద్రీశ్వరరావు (మాజీ వ్యవసాయ […]

Field versus Farm in Warangal: Bt Cotton, Higher Yields, and Larger Questions

GLENN DAVIS STONE* Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA http://artsci.wustl.edu/~anthro/research/stone/WD2456.pdf A longitudinal anthropological study of cotton farming in Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh, India, compares a group of villages before and after adoption of Bt cotton. It distinguishes “field-level” and “farm-level” impacts. During this five-year period yields rose by 18% overall, with greater increases among poor farmers with the least access to information. Insecticide sprayings dropped by 55%, although predation by non-target pests was rising. However shifting from the field to the historically-situated context of the farm recasts insect attacks as a symptom of larger problems in agricultural decision-making. Bt cotton’s opponents have failed to recognize real benefits at the field level, while its backers […]

Farmers, NGOs demand Rs 16,800 cr allocation for agriculture in AP Budget

HYDERABAD, FEB. 6: Felt neglected and under-served, farmers, non-governments organisations and agricultural economists have called for at least 20 per cent of the Andhra Pradesh Budget on issues related to agriculture in the ensuing Budget for 2012-13. They called for allocations of Rs 16,800 crore exclusively for this ailing sector. This includes Rs 2,000 crore for a fund to help out farmers in times of natural disasters. A round table meet organised here on Monday by Rythu Swarajya Vedika (RSV) and Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) demanded the Government allocate Rs 1,000 crore each for price stabilisation and for setting up a fund to provide guarantees to enable tenant farmers […]

Estimation of Efficiency, Sustainability and Constraints in SRI (System of Rice Intensification) vis-a-vis Traditional Methods of Paddy Cultivation in North Coastal Zone of Andhra Pradesh

Rao I.V.Y. Rama, Cost of Cultivation Scheme, Regional Agricultural Research Station, Anakapalle, Visakhapatnam-531 001, Andhra Pradesh Published on 14 November, 2011 Email: ramarao_agrieco@yahoo.co.in Abstract The study has assessed the economics and sustainability of SRI (system of rice intensification) and traditional methods of paddy cultivation in North Coastal Zone of Andhra Pradesh for the period 2008–09, based on the data of costs and returns of crop. Apart from budgeting techniques, benefit-cost ratio (BCR), yield gap analysis, sustainability index and response priority index have been employed in the study. It has shown that BCR is higher for SRI (1.76) than traditional (1.25) methods. Further, there is a 31 per cent yield gap between […]

2011: A Dark year for farmers in AP

The year 2011 was one of the darkest years for farmers.  Season, Technology and Policy all failed them.  This year would be recording the highest farmers suicides in the history after 2003-04.  The kind of negligence, lopsided policies by NDA at the centre, TDP at the state are repeating again.  Every political party is seen to be using the occasion to voo the voters for electoral gains, and for corporates every disaster is turned to be a big business. in Andhra Pradesh for the first time large number of farmers have declared crop holiday in about 2 lakh acres in protest against the low MSPs and lack of procurement. On […]

95 farm suicides in a month in Andhra Pradesh

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/95-farm-suicides-month-andhra-pradesh Author(s): M Suchitra Issue: Dec 29, 2011 State authorities hide actual number of deaths Farmers in Jangaon administrative block have been given no relief despite crop failures and scanty rains because of the skewed criteria used by authorities (Photo: M Suchitra) Allam Sattenna, a 35-year-old farmer from Perkalaguda, a small hamlet near Utnoor in Andhra Pradesh’s Adilabad district, owned farms spread over 0.8 hectare (ha). He took another 1.2 ha on lease by paying Rs 6,000 per acre (0.4 ha). Motivated by the high prices last year, Sattenna planted cotton  in all of the 2 ha which is rain fed. But he could not harvest even one quintal cotton from the […]

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