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Alarming rise in Farmer Suicides in A.P. – does the government care?

Fact-finding visits from Raitu Swarajya Vedika show disastrous situation Urgent action demanded from the government   As reports from various districts are showing a spate of farmer suicides, organizations that are part of the Raitu Swarajya Vedika alliance have been conducting fact-finding visits to suicide-affected families and concerned villages in a few districts. The data collected from news reports in just 6 districts – Adilabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Medak, Mahbubnagar and Anantapur – shows 90 suicides in only the past one month. Since this not an exhaustive compilation, the real numbers even in these districts are certainly much higher, and there are several other districts which are equally affected. While the […]

Andhra Pradesh: Three farmers commit suicide in last 24 hrs

HYDERABAD: Three farmers committed suicide in the state in the last 24 hours anguished over crop loss and mounting debts. Kodela Parvathalu, 26, ended his life by consuming pesticide in Yengampalli village of Taduru mandal in Mahbubnagar district on Sunday. He resorted to the extreme step after his crops dried up and debts increased. He had two acres of land and dug up a borewell to water the crops. When the borewell dried up, he went on to dig four more borewells. He incurred Rs 60,000 and took loans from private moneylenders. With the moneylenders pressurising him to clear the loans, he consumed the pesticide in the late hours of […]

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. http://cm.ap.gov.in/22oct11speech.asp 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 […]

Farmers on a Holiday

D. Narasimha Reddy This should be the news. But, as usual media gets it wrong. It says crop holiday. If farmers are on a holiday, so what? Farmers are also entitled to holiday. Modern economists would say our GDP will grow, with more people holidaying. But, this is disaster. What started off as a reaction at one of the protest meetings, over the tardy, or zero, procurement of grains by the government, this ‘unique’ protest is snowballing and is likely to gather momentum. It started with a few villages in ‘konaseema’, in Andhra Pradesh, and now is reportedly spreading to Krishna, Khammam, Prakasham and Guntur districts. It has also deepened […]

Crop Holiday in AP more news

  Related stories: ICAR concerned over crop holiday in AP http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article2315808.ece Novel protest by farmers in crop holiday area http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article2316840.ece ‘Crop holiday’ adds to NREGS targets http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/article2314741.ece Go for short-term crops, official tells farmers http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/article2315014.ece AP farmers turn the the rice story around http://www.deccanchronicle.com/node/46903 AP farmers turn the the rice story around http://www.deccanchronicle.com/node/46903 Farmers firm on crop holiday http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/article2317676.ece

AP water policy 2008

In 2008 AP govenment has announced a draft water policy donno if this is finalised.  Here is the draft share your comments A.P Water Policy

Studying the Subject in Motion: Maoist Analysis of Agrarian Transformation in Andhra Pradesh-1970s to 2010s

Paper presented at the Conference on Agrarian Transforamtion in India held jointly by Goldsmiths, University of London and University of Oxford on July 13-14, 2011 N. Venugopal Rao Editor, Veekshanam, Telugu Monthly Journal of Political Economy and Society, Hyderabad, India Andhra Pradesh, a state in South India, has been witnessing vibrant social movements under the leadership of Maoists since the late 1960s. Drawing on the legacy of earlier peasant and tribal struggles in late colonial period, more or less in the same regions, the new breed of peasant struggles inspired by Naxalbari line, have been active for the last four decades. The Maoist leadership of the struggle, as is well […]

Meaning of a ‘crop holiday’ this kharif

Farmers over three lakh acres may not grow crops this kharif to protest against negative incomes. Yet, policymakers are unmoved. Issues related to farmers do not generally get the same kind of attention as news related to food inflation. Take for example, the ‘crop holiday’ announced by farmers in Andhra Pradesh for this kharif season. Don’t think that this phenomenon will be confined to Andhra Pradesh. Those leading the ‘crop holiday’ campaign have begun to talk to their peers in Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, asking them to go on a partial crop holiday as a mark of protest against net negative incomes. These farmers belong neither to the rain-fed […]

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, […]

Intensive rice cultivation seen solution to labour shortage

in the name of helping farmers govts always helped industry to grow. now another initiative where AP state govt is planning to setup Farmers Service Centres which will provide Farm Machinery as the labor shortage is increasing. The centres which will be set up with an investment of about a crore rupees each with public private partnership will get 50 % subsidy from the govt… and each of the centre will serve about 100 farmers… HYDERABAD, JUNE 15: The main grouse of farmers against Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), the job guarantee scheme, is that it made farming unviable by making labour unaffordable. Several thousands of small […]

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