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Paddyy farmers in AP plan to grow capsicum

HYDERABAD, JUNE 29: Farmers by and large never sit idle, even when they are protesting. Thousands of farmers in East and West Godavari, Krishna districts, who have declared a crop holiday to an extent of two lakh acres this kharif, are not the ones to waste time. While making their protest heard in the State capital, farmers are seriously contemplating life beyond, not just this kharif, but also paddy. “It is time to reduce dependence and pressure on paddy,” Mr Trinadha Rao, a farmer in the water-rich East Godavari district, told Business Line. With paddy yielding no encouraging returns, farmers have begun to look at alternative crops that could give […]

Dorli: A village which bought its future

In 2006, we were siting at Sevagram Ashram, Wardha to discuss about the problems with the rapidly expanding Bt cotton.  CSA was one year old and working with NGOs and activists was new for me.  We were shocked when heard that a village nearby was up for sale by farmers.  Mr. Vijay Jawandia, from Waifad near Wardha suggested that we all will visit the village.  Before that we heard some stories about village being sold in punjab…etc.  Some of us decided to go. By the time we reached the village it was 5.00 p.m in the evening. Entire village had signs of despair, farmers have left farming…caught in the debt […]

Protests continue over shortage of cotton seed

WARANGAL: Angry farmers continued their protests in north Telangana districts on Thursday over shortage of cotton seeds. At some places, they pelted stones on the revenue offices and market yards. The ryots also burnt the effigies of ministers and staged rasta rokos on national and state highways demanding immediate supply of seeds. The farmers staged rasta roko on NH-202 demanding Kanak variety of Mahyco brand cotton seeds. Farmers from 15 villages sat on the highway and shouted slogans against the agricultural and revenue officials. When they saw `no stock’ boards at the fertilizer shops, the ryots gave vent to their ire by targeting the tehsildar offices. The enraged farmers burnt […]

AP farmers declare crop holiday this kharif

HTTP://WWW.THEHINDUBUSINESSLINE.COM/INDUSTRY-AND-ECONOMY/AGRI-BIZ/ARTICLE2062981.ECE K. V. KURMANATH Mr N. Subba Rao, 73, of Achanta in West Godavari district was among the few farmers in the South who received a kit of IR-8 paddy seeds in 1967 for one acre. He grew 40 bags that kharif, becoming a poster boy for the proponents of Green Revolution that had just begun in the country. The acreage grew to 2,000 acres in the following season, repeating the kharif performance. This made Achanta a tourist spot for Parliament members and agriculture scientists, including those from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The then Food and Agriculture Minister, Mr C. Subramaniam, who spearheaded Green Revolution from the Government […]

Cotton farmers protest for MSP, 3 attempt suicide

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Cotton-farmers-protest-for-MSP-3-attempt-suicide/articleshow/6811765.cms KARIMNAGAR: Three cotton farmers attempted suicide, while hundreds of others gave vent to their ire by stoning two RTC buses and blocking traffic movement on Karimnagar-Peddapally highway on Monday. They were protesting against the government’s failure to offer minimum support price (MSP) for their crop. The three ryots consumed pesticide in front of the market yard office, but alert cops rushed them to the hospital. They are out of danger. They said they were forced to resort to the extreme step as they were not getting a good price in the market due to trader-official nexus. The irate farmers damaged the windowpanes of the RTC buses and squatted on […]

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Uttar Pradesh: 3 people have died in skirmishes between the police and farmers protests over the land acquisitions for the Yamuna Expressway in the state of Uttar pradesh over the past week. This is because approximately 40,000 acres of land is being acquired for the construction of an expressway between Agra and Noida. Land around the proposed expressway is also being acquired for the construction of a township and the farmers are not being adequately compensated even after slight increase in compensation from 449 to 570 Rs per sq meter and the farmers remain unsatisfied. BKU farmers have also joined the already protesting farmers in their struggle against unfair grabbing […]

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