Small (Organic Retail) is beautiful

A booklet brought out by ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture) on small retail outlets.

This small booklet, presenting a few successful and inspiring cases of direct marketing by farmers, retail marketing for organic produce and an emerging Community Supported Agriculture model, is meant to showcase the possibilities that exist with such enterprises. The possibilities are related to both production-end issues as well as consumption-end. The objective however is to ensure that agri-producers have a better deal when they negotiate with markets and that consumers have access to safe, diverse and nutritious food, in addition to making informed choices regarding their buying behavior (choices that determine sustainability and safety around food consumption).

The idea for this booklet emerged from inspiring case studies presented in a workshop called “Markets That Empower Farmers & Consumers” organized in Bhubaneswar by Xavier Institute of Management-Bhubaneswar and ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture) in 2012.

We often come across people who want to do something to support the cause of organic farming and farmers’ livelihoods. We had conceived this book as a sort of a manual – not a strict, step-by-step prescriptive manual, but something that would leave behind a set of ideas from real life experiences of some entrepreneurs who tried out many things. The narration is by the entrepreneurs themselves sharing their stories. We hope that the principles and values at work here will be adopted, with the full understanding and appreciation that each situation requires its own local
models to be adopted.

This booklet is also to present possibilities with alternative perspectives of markets. Mainstream markets function with certain core beliefs – that scale matters; that measuring the success of an enterprise is by looking at profits earned; that competition is necessary and good, that bottom line is all that matters – to name a few. They also claim that the ‘customer is the king’. That price determination is done by demand and supply forces. However, here are examples of how this paradigm has been turned on its head. While some might write these off as isolated experiments and experiences and therefore not scalable, we believe that a multitude of such small scale initiatives is indeed possible, to improve the livelihoods situation of many farmers even as they provide healthy food to ‘empowered’ consumers.



Campaign for pesticide residue-free food
, TNN | Jun 25, 2012, 06.56PM IST

NEW DELHI: The farm fresh vegetables that you hand-pick from markets everyday are in most cases deceptive. As much as you try to pick the ones with no pests or rotten edges, they may be much more toxic within.
According to the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), out of the top 15 most-consumed pesticides in India, 11 figure in the list of 67 globally-banned pesticides. ASHA launched ‘India For Safe Food’ campaign on Monday, to raise awareness among consumers about the health impacts of consuming pesticide laced vegetables and urged the government to ensure safe food for all.

Interestingly, pesticide residues in food was also the theme of actor, Amir Khan’s latest television chat show aired on Sunday. ASHA members who participated in the show presented data to substantiate their claims about how pesticide residues can lead to chronic health problems like cancer.

“Scientific studies have shown that pesticide exposure is correlated with serious health risks including cancers, endocrine disruption causing reproductive health disorders, organ damage, and immune system impairment. There is also much that is wrong with the regulatory system and approach related to chemical pesticides in the country. There are fundamental ways in which the issue has to be addressed, by changes in our technological approach to agriculture as well as in our regulatory approach. We hope to bring about a change collectively, through citizens’ involvement””, explained G V Ramanjaneyulu of Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Hyderabad.

He added that studies have indicated that in India, vegetables, fruits, staple cereals and pulses, meat, milk, eggs and poultry, drinking water and processed foods/beverages are contaminated with poisonous residues to various degrees. “”Delhi High Court’s own testing showed impermissible pesticides in the samples that were picked up. Our export consignments being rejected for their toxic residues are another indicator of the state of affairs,” Ramanjaneyulu said.

The campaign will have a public outreach effort mainly through online mobilization and cyber-action through emails. In Delhi, an organic food mela is being organized on June 30 and July 1 as part of the campaign; in Bangalore, a safe food mela, combined with urban gardening orientation is scheduled for the next weekend. There will be a public march against pesticides at Bathinda, in Punjab’s Malwa belt June 27.

ASHA demanded that the government make appropriate investments be made to promote ecological farming, to ensure access to organic food by establishing safe food outlets and using public distribution system (PDS), providing pesticide-free food under various food schemes to pregnant and lactating women and children and banning those pesticides that have been banned in other countries and known to have chronic health impacts.

95 farm suicides in a month in Andhra Pradesh

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue: Dec 29, 2011
State authorities hide actual number of deaths
farm distressFarmers 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 entire land in the first picking. His crop failed due to scanty rains and long dry spells. Worse, cotton price fell to Rs 3,500 a quintal—half of what it fetched last year because the demand for cotton in the international market was falling. Having borrowed Rs 20,000 from a local money lender last year, and with an additional debt of Rs 50,000 this year, he found no means to tide over the crisis. He ended his life in October by consuming pesticide.

He left behind a wife and a seven-year-old son. His wife, Allam Vijayamma, struggling to survive, is not even aware that a relief package exists for the families of farmers who commit suicide. “Nobody has come to me to ask about my husband’s death,” she says. Not even the village revenue officials, who should have verified and recorded the suicide as per a government order of 2005.

Despair driven by delayed and scanty rains

Andhra Pradesh is witnessing yet another spate of farm suicides. Delayed rainfall, prolonged dry spells, subsequent crop failures and unfriendly government policies have forced many farmers to kill themselves. Even as the state government maintains there were only 66 “genuine” farm suicides in the whole state between January and November in 2011, a recent report estimates as many as 95 farmers have ended their lives within a span of just one month in six districts. Cotton farmers account for maximum farm suicides.

The report, prepared by the Alliance for Sustainable Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), a nation-wide informal network of more than 400 organisations from 20 states, was based on a fact-finding survey in Adilabad, Anantapur, Karim Nagar, Medak, Mehbubnagar and Khammam districts, and on media reports on farm suicides between October and November 2011. The driest district of Anantapur tops the list with 24 suicides. Adilabad is second with 18 (see table).

Farm suicide deaths ( October 7 to November 8, 2011)
District No of Suicides
Adilabad 18
Medak 13
Karimnagar 13
Khamma 17
Mahaboobnagar 10
Ananthapur 24
Total 95
Source: Rytu Swarajya Vedika, Andhra Pradesh

“What we found is that farm suicides are no more limited to a few particular crops like cotton or to some regions, but spread across all districts and farmers growing all kinds of crops,’’ says G V Ramanjaneyalu, executive director of the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, a non-profit based in Hyderabad. The fact-finding study of 20 families found suicides were genuine and purely due to farm-related reasons.

Andhra Pradesh is one of the five states in the country that has been witnessing a large number of farm suicides for the past one decade. The state along with Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh contribute to 66 per cent of the total farm suicides in India. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) estimates 2,525 farmers committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh in 2010.

Crisis more severe this year

  • Severe drought and sharp increase in the seed and fertilizer prices hit the farmers very hard
  • The state, which normally receives an annual average rainfall of 624.1 mm during Kharif season, got 14 per cent less rainfall this year
  • Scanty rains in June delayed sowing of rain-fed crops like cotton, groundnut and maize by up to one month
  • This delay affected crop growth while prolonged dry spells in September led to less yields
  • More than 280,000 ha of farms were not sown during kharif in 14 of the 23 districts; crops on 2.06 million ha dried up
  • The state government declared more than three fourth of its administrative blocks (mandals)—876 out of 1,128—drought-hit
When is a farm suicide a suicide

  • Five documents have to be obtained from the local police station: a first information report, a panchnama report, a post-mortem report (which has to be paid for by the family), a forensic science laboratory report and a final report
  • Other documents required are: private loan documents and/or bank loan documents as proof that the farmer was indeed indebted, the land passbook, dependents’ certificate, ration card and three years agriculture pahani (revenue records)
  • Besides all these documents, there has to be a report from the mandal-level verification committee, which consists of the mandal revenue officer, a police sub-inspector and the agriculture officer
  • Finally, a division level verification committee report is required from the revenue divisional officer, deputy superintendent of police and assistant director of agriculture

An earlier report, which was submitted in 2004 by the Commission on Farmers’ Welfare, appointed by the government of Andhra Pradesh, to then chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, had observed that agriculture in Andhra Pradesh was in an advanced state of crisis. “Drought-affected areas in Rayalaseema and Telangana bear the brunt of the burden, though, even farmers in irrigated areas have been facing problems. In addition, the burden has fallen disproportionately on small and marginal farmers, tenant farmers and rural labourers,” the report noted.

The report had also very clearly underscored the fact that “the economic strategy of the past decade at both Central and state government levels has systematically reduced the protection afforded to farmers and exposed them to market volatility and private profiteering without adequate regulation.”

“Nothing has changed since then,” says S Malla Reddy, state president of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS). The anti-farmer policies and reforms started in 1997 by then chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are being carried forward more aggressively by the Congress chief ministers, he says.

Criteria skewed

The crisis is far more serious this year (see ‘Crisis more severe this year’). The state government declared more than three fourth of its administrative blocks (mandals)—876 out of 1,128—drought-hit.

But the present mechanism for declaring drought and providing relief—compensation of Rs 6,500 per ha for crop loss—are inadequate, say farmers and organisations working in the farm sector. At present, drought is announced only when more than 50 per cent of the cropped area dries up, yields fall short by 50 per cent and the rainfall is less than 20 mm in a month. Many mandals, like Jangaon in Warrangal district, which do not meet these criteria, are still left out even after experiencing drought, crop failure and reporting suicides.

“We’re fighting to get our mandal declared drough-hit,” says P Upendher, AIKS Jangaon mandal secretary. Hundreds of suicide deaths were reported from Warrangal and other cotton growing regions 1997 onwards.

Cropping systems have significantly changed in the past few years with large tracts being brought under commercial crops like cotton, maize, groundnut and paddy. At present, these four crops cover 90 per cent of the cropped area in the state. This year, in Andhra Pradesh, 1.9 million ha (25 per cent of the total cropped area in the state) is under cotton, mostly in rain-fed areas. “Even if the crops did not fail, the situation would have been disastrous for most of these farmers because of the price fall,” says Vasudeva Reddy, Warrangal district president of AIKS.

The latest study by ASHA notes that the cost of cultivation has increased enormously. The fertilizer costs have been increasing steadily after the nutrient based subsidy scheme was introduced, and in the past one year the DAP (diammonium phosphate) fertilizer price has doubled. Further, the costs of seeds have increased by more than 100 per cent in the past five years. In rain-fed areas, farmers spend large amounts on sinking borewells, many of which fail to yield water. The cost of each borewell is about Rs 50,000.

Genuine and not genuine suicides

The report highlights the reasons for suicides. These include: increasing costs of cultivation of all crops; non-remunerative prices (both in the markets and in government procurement system); unsustainable cropping patterns and production practices; dependence of mono-cropping of cotton and other commercial crops in rain-fed areas; lack of support systems for farmers such as institutional credit; lack of recognition of tenant farmers; and no provision for access to credit, insurance and crop compensation in rain-fed farms which constitute more than 60 per cent of the crop area.

Instead of addressing the root causes of the farm crisis, the state government is trying to suppress the actual number of suicides by classifying such deaths as “genuine” and “non-genuine”, points out the report. Last year, when NCRB put the suicide figure in the state at 2,525, the state government’s data claimed there were only 158 farm suicides. Now when the media reports more than 90 suicides in one month in six districts, the government figure for the whole state for 11 months is 66.

The gap between the real number and official figures is largely because of the documents required to establish that the death of a farmer is a genuine case of suicide purely caused by farm-related reasons. The process of assessment of a farm suicide has become complicated ever since the state government introduced a system of compensation for the families in 2005. At present, 13 documents are required to establish a farm suicide (see ‘When is a farm suicide a suicide’).

“How can the farmers’ families produce all these documents?” asks Malla Reddy. “When tenant farmers, who do not own land, commit suicide, how can their families produce land document?” There are over 250,000 tenant farmers in the state. Only a minority of them, have identity cards, which enable them to avail bank loans. Others are forced to borrow from money lenders. “And when they end their lives out of desperation, it’s not considered as genuine and their names never figure in the official list of suicide deaths.”

Instead of suppressing the suicide death figures, what the government should do is to promote a model of sustainable agriculture, and also introduce a “price compensation” system, especially for all the food crops where minimum support price (MSP) is declared. “Whenever the MSP or actual market prices do not meet the target price, which is equal to cost of cultivation plus 50 per cent, the difference should  be paid to the farmer directly. The farmer should no longer be forced to bear the burden of keeping food prices low for consumers, says Ramanjaneyulu. The fact-finding survey found that in most of the cases, the three member committee which is supposed to verify the cases and report has never visited the grieving families.

As an immediate step, the report demands the state governments should identify all farmers who have suffered crop failure in the past three years at least and provide them compensation of minimum Rs 10,000 per acre, ensuring that tenant farmers are included. Government should assess crop failure immediately and disburse compensation without any delay so that farmers are reassured that they will not get into further debt. This would prevent thousands of more suicide deaths.

Sticky: ‘Wrong government policies force farmers to commit suicide’: ASHA releases report

95 farmers committed suicide in 6 Andhra districts between 7 October and 8 November, says report Bureau
New Delhi

Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture members have demanded a parliamentary forum to voice farmers’ problems

Blaming official policies for the increasing number of farmer suicides across the country, farm activists have demanded immediate government intervention to support farmers.

According to a report presented at a press conference organised by the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) here on Friday, 95 farmers committed suicide in six districts in Andhra Pradesh between 7 October and 8 November. The figure is based on ASHA’s compilation of local news reports after which it conducted a fact-finding mission visiting 20 affected families. ASHA found that all the suicides were connected to agriculture-related issues. “They were driven by factors like debt, crop failure and other agrarian reasons,” Kiran Vissa, of Association for India Development, said.

The issues faced by families of farmers committing suicide were brought up by Sajaya Kakarla, of Andhra Pradesh-based Caring Citizens Collective, who has been working with such families for the last five years. “Often, officials deny such families the due compensation of Rs 1,50,000. In fact, they blame the wife for not stopping her husband from committing suicide,” said Kakarla. Besides, there’s the strange official notion that a suicide could not be genuine.

State policies on agriculture are often equally absurd forcing farmers to commit suicide. “The policies promote wrong cultivation practices in rain-fed areas such as encouraging crops dependant on rain,” Kishor Tiwari, of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, pointed out. “We can’t term them suicides; they’re policy-driven victims of the state. We want policies which let the farmers live,” he added.

However, it’s the absence of proper policies which hits farmers in some cases. GV Ramanjaneyulu, of the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, said that there was currently no mechanism to compensate farmers hit by drought. Kavitha Kuruganti, of ASHA, said that the domestic price system did not take farmers into consideration and non-institutional agencies didn’t cover tenant farmers.

High cost of cultivation and price collapse triggers suicides as well. In fact, according to advocate Pradeep Kumar, of Haritha Sena, “Eleven farmers committed suicide in Kerala in the last 25 days alone due to the collapse in prices of ginger and banana.”

In a meeting with nine members of Parliament and civil society groups on Thursday, the ASHA was promised that these issues would be discussed in the Rajya Sabha. Though a welcome measure, the ASHA does not think that a mere discussion is sufficient and has placed a list of demands, including setting up Parliamentarians Forum on Agrarian Crisis immediately to voice the distress of farmers at the highest possible level.

Sticky: రాష్ట్రం లో రైతు ఆత్మహత్యల లెక్క దాస్తున్నారు -డిల్లీ లో ఆశా నివేదిక విడుదల

రాష్ట్రంలో గత ఏడేళ్లలో 3775 మంది బలవన్మరణం; జయతి ఘోష్‌ సిఫార్సులు ఇంతవరకు అమలు చేయలేదు; ప్రభుత్వ విధానాల వల్లే ఆత్మహత్యలు; రాష్ట్రంలో తీవ్ర దురి్భక్షం నెలకొంది; ‘ఆశ’ స్వచ్ఛంద సంస్థ పరిశోధన నివేదిక
న్యూఢిల్లీ – న్యూస్‌టుడే

పెరుగుతున్న ఖర్చులు, తరుగుతున్న ఆదాయం, ప్రభుత్వాల సవతి తల్లి విధానాలు కలగలిపి అన్నదాతల గొంతులకు ఉరితాళ్లు పేనుతున్నట్లు ‘అలయన్స్‌ ఫర్‌ సస్టెయినబుల్‌ హోలిస్టిక్‌ అగ్రికల్చర్‌'(ఆశా) అనే స్వచ్ఛంద సంస్థ తేల్చింది. ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ ప్రభుత్వం రైతుల ఆత్మహత్యలను తక్కువచేసి చూపుతూ నిజాలకు పాతరేస్తున్నట్లు తెలిపింది. ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్తోపాటు దేశవ్యాప్తంగా గత 15 ఏళ్లుగా జరిగిన అన్నదాతల ఆత్మహత్యల లెక్కలు, అందుకు దారితీస్తున్న పరిస్థితులపై ఆశా సంస్థ ఒక పరిశోధనా నివేదికను ఇక్కడ విడుదల చేసింది. 1995-2010 మధ్యకాలంలో దేశవ్యాప్తంగా 2,56,913 మంది రైతులు ఆత్మహత్యలు చేసుకున్నట్లు తెలిపింది. ఒక్క ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్లోనే 1997 జనవరి నుంచి 2011 ఆగస్టు మధ్యకాలంలో 5251 మంది చనిపోయినట్లు తేల్చింది. 1997 నుంచి 2003 వరకు 1476 మంది రైతులు ఆత్మహత్యలు చేసుకోగా, కాంగ్రెస్‌ అధికారంలోకి వచ్చిన 2004 నుంచి ఇప్పటివరకూ 3775 మంది చనిపోయినట్లు ‘ఆశా’ వెల్లడించింది. అయితే నేషనల్‌ క్రైమ్‌రికార్డ్స్‌ బ్యూరో ప్రకారం 2010లోనే రాష్ట్రంలో 2525 మంది చనిపోయినట్లు పేర్కొంది. రైతుల ఆత్మహత్యలు అరికట్టడానికి వై.ఎస్‌ సర్కార్‌ జయతీ ఘోష్‌ కమిషన్‌ ఏర్పాటు చేసినప్పటికీ ఆ సిఫార్సుల్లో చాలావరకు అమలే చేయలేదని చెప్పింది. ‘ఆశా’ నివేదిక ప్రకారం రైతు ఆత్మహత్యల్లో గత పదేళ్లలో వరంగల్‌(725 మంది), అనంతపురం (654), కరీంనగర్‌ (541) జిల్లాలు మొదటి మూడు స్థానాల్లో, విజయనగరం(2) పశ్చిమ గోదావరి(11), శ్రీకాకుళం(11), విశాఖపట్నం(23) చివరి మూడు స్థానాల్లో ఉన్నాయి. ఆత్మహత్యలు చేసుకొనే సగటు రైతు వయస్సు కేవలం 36 ఏళ్లు మాత్రమేని ఆశా ప్రతినిధి సజయ కాకర్ల చెప్పారు.

నివేదికలోని ముఖ్యాంశాలు
1. గత పదేళ్లలో వ్యవసాయ విధానంలో విపరీత మార్పులొచ్చాయి. 90 శాతం భూమిలో కేవలం వరి, పత్తి, వేరుశనగ, మొక్కజొన్న సాగవుతోంది.
2 ఈ ఏడాది తీవ్ర వర్షాభావ పరిస్థితులు నెలకొన్నాయి. విద్యుత్తు కోతలు తోడయ్యాయి. 2011 ఖరీఫ్‌లో 51 లక్షల ఎకరాల్లో పంట ఎండిపోయింది. ప్రభుత్వపరంగా సాయం లేదు. 50 శాతం సాగువిస్తీర్ణం ఎండిపోయిన తర్వాత ప్రభుత్వం కరువుపీడిత ప్రాంతాలను ప్రకటించింది. వర్షపాతం నెలలో 20 మిల్లీమీటర్లకంటే తక్కువగా ఉంది.

3. సాగు ఖర్చులు విపరీతంగా పెరిగిపోయాయి. పౌష్ఠికాధార సబ్సిడీ విధానం అమలులోకి వచ్చిన తర్వాత ఎరువుల ధరలు పెరుగుతూ పోతున్నాయి. ఏడాదిలో డీఎపీ ఖర్చు రెట్టింపయింది. అయిదేళ్లలో విత్తనాల ధరలు 100 శాతం పెరిగాయి. వర్షాధారిత ప్రాంతాల్లో ఒక్కో బోరు తవ్వకానికి కనీసం రూ.50 వేలు ఖర్చవుతోంది.

4. వ్యవసాయ విధానం రైతుకు అనుకూలంగా లేదు. పెట్టుబడులు పెరిగాయి. నష్టాల ముప్పు అధికంగా ఉంటోంది. కొన్ని వాణిజ్య పంటలే వేస్తూ వెళ్లడం వల్ల చిన్న రైతులు ఆర్థికంగా నష్టపోతున్నారు. నీళ్లు, భూసారం విషయాల్లో కూడా నష్టపోతున్నారు. ఈ ఏడాది 47 లక్షల ఎకరాల్లో (దాదాపు 25%) పత్తి మాత్రమే వేశారు. ఈ పంటకు తమ భూములు తగినవో కాదో రైతులకు తెలియదు. పత్తిసాగుకు కేవలం బోరుబావుల పైనే ఆధారపడటంతో భూగర్భ జలాలు సన్నగిల్లాయి. 60 శాతానికి పైగా ఉన్న వర్షాభావ ప్రాంతం ప్రభుత్వ నిర్లక్ష్యానికి గురవుతోంది. పంట మార్పిళ్లు జరిగేలా ప్రభుత్వం చొరవ తీసుకోవడంలేదు. రక్షిత సాగునీరూ అందించడం లేదు. పశు పోషణ ఆధారిత భృతి కల్పించడం లేదు. దాంతో రైతులు వాణిజ్య పంటలకు మరలి కష్టాల్లో కూరుకు పోతున్నారు.

5. వరికి కనీస మద్దతు ధర రూ.1130 ఉంటే ఖర్చు క్వింటాల్‌కు రూ.1400 అవుతోంది. కౌలు రైతులకు ఖర్చు రూ.1800 వరకు ఉంటోంది.

6. 27 శాతం మందికే బ్యాంకు రుణం లభిస్తోంది. అందే రుణం కూడా స్వల్పం. ఎకరా వరిసాగుకు రూ.17,500 ఖర్చవుతుంటే (కౌలు ఖర్చు సీజన్‌కు పదివేలు అదనం) రుణం మాత్రం రూ.17,000 మాత్రమే వస్తోంది. వాణిజ్య పంటల ఖర్చు-రుణాల మధ్య అగాధం చాలా ఎక్కువగా ఉంటోంది. రైతులు బలవంతంగా వడ్డీవ్యాపారులను ఆశ్రయించాల్సి వస్తోంది.

7. కౌలు రైతులకు బ్యాంకు రుణాలు అందడంలేదు. రాష్ట్రంలో 25 లక్షల మంది కౌలురైతులుంటే గుర్తింపు కార్డులు 5 లక్షల మందికే ఉన్నాయి. ఇందులో 75 వేలమందికి ఖరీఫ్‌లో బ్యాంకు రుణాలు అందాయి.

ఆత్మహత్యలపై సర్కారుకు సూచనలు
చి మూడేళ్లలో వరుసగా పంటలు నష్టపోయిన రైతులను గుర్తించి ఎకరాకు కనీసం పదివేల రూపాయల పరిహారం ఇప్పించాలి. రైతులకు భరోసా ఇచ్చినట్లవుతుంది. ఆత్మహత్య ఆలోచన రాకుండా అడ్డుకుంటుంది.
చి రైతులకు అనుకూలంగా ఎగుమతి, దిగుమతి సుంకాలను సవరించాలి.

చి కనీస మద్ధతు ధర నిర్ధారణ, పంట సేకరణ విధానాలను మార్చాలి. ఎఫ్‌సీఐ, సీసీఐలాంటి ప్రభుత్వం ఏజెన్సీల ద్వారా నేరుగా రైతుల నుంచి సేకరణ జరపాలి.

చి ఆత్మహత్య చేసుకున్న రైతు కుటుంబాలను గుర్తించి తక్షణం పరిహారం అందించాలి. ఆత్మహత్యలను గుర్తించలేని అధికారులపై చర్యలు తీసుకోవాలి. రైతు ఆత్మహత్యల్లో వ్యవసాయ, వ్యవసాయేతర తేడాలు వద్దు. 2010లో ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ ప్రభుత్వం కేవలం 158 ఆత్మహత్యలను గుర్తిస్తే, నేషనల్‌ క్రైమ్‌రికార్డ్స్‌ బ్యూరో 2525 మంది బలవంతంగా ప్రాణం తీసుకున్నట్లు తేల్చింది.

చి పంట ఖర్చుపై 50 శాతం లాభం వచ్చేలా కనీస మద్దతు ధర నిర్ణయించాలి. రాకపోతే నష్టపోయిన మొత్తాన్ని ప్రభుత్వం చెల్లించాలి. వినియోగదారుల ధరల కోసం రైతులను బలిచేయొద్దు.

Round Table with MPs on Farmers Suicides and Agrarian Crisis

ASHA has organised a Round Table on ‘Farmers Suicides and Agrarian Crisis’ at Constitutional Club on 24th November, 2011.

The Hon’ble Members of Parliament present were

D Raja-CPI, Shivanand Tiwari-JDU, Bhartruhari Mahtab-BJD, Prakash Javadekar-BJP, M B Rajesh-CPM, Dr. T.N. Seema-CPM, Dr. Mysoora Reddy-TDP, Capt Jainarain Nishad-JDU, Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav-BJP

Harsh Mandir, Member of NAC

Other prominent people present were Dr. Dinesh Abrol, Dr. Anuradha Prasad from All India Peoples Science Forum, Dr. Vijoo Krishnan, All India Kisan Sabha

in all 30 people participated and the discussion were focused on the existing crisis in Farming sector and how that can be addressed.

Price Compensation system for cultivators
Presentation made during the Round Table

Photographs of the Round Table