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Governor vows relief measures for farmers

http://www.gulfnews.com/world/India/10108367.html By Akhel Mathew, Correspondent Thiruvananthapuram: Farm sector figures as the main thrust area of Kerala’s 2007 budget session that began yesterday. In his policy speech to the 12th session of the assembly, Governor R.L. Bhatia stressed that the crisis-ridden agriculture sector, which reported recently a string of farmers’ suicides due to financial troubles, would top the government’s priorities. The governor also focused on the need to concentrate on agriculture-related areas and “sunrise” fields like information technology and tourism. Bhatia declared the year ‘Haritha Varsham’ (year of agriculture). Aid would be made available to farmers in Palakkad and Idukki districts. A special council would be formed for the welfare of […]

Samskarika koottayma to prevent farmers' suicides

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEO200… Friday March 2 2007 11:49 IST T’PURAM: Various cultural organisations in the state will organise a samskarika koottayma named ‘uyirppu’ on March 3 to prevent farmers’ suicides in Wayanad district.Cultural Affairs Minister M A Baby said on Thursday that Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan would inaugurate the koottayma at 4 pm at the Sulthan Bathery Panchayat Community Hall. Edasseri’s drama ‘koottukrishi’ will be staged after the function.Kerala Lalitakala Akademi will organise a painting camp at Mananthavadi from March 3 to 8. A drawing-training camp will be organised by the Aranmula Vasthu Vidyagurukulam at Muthanga from March 9 to 12. A book festival and exhibition of manuscripts will be held […]

RTI ACT-six farmer suicides per day

Nearly 7,000 farmers committed suicide in different parts of the country in just three years, according to government statistics alone. The average is even more frightening: it works out to six farmers killing themselves every day during that period. Despite this, no mechanism has been put in place to monitor the progress of implementation of the Prime Minister’s special package for the farmers of 31 suicide-prone districts across Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra, according to the reply furnished by the Union agriculture ministry to a set of questions posed by this newspaper under the Right to Information Act. The figures, complete only till November 2006, reveal that 6,899 farmers […]

Seven thousand farmers committed suicide in three years

Sunday, 18 February 2007 NEW DELHI, Feb 18 APP: About seven thousand farmers have committed suicide in India in just three years.         The Asian Age in its lead story on Sunday quoting government statistics said the average is even more frightening:  it works out to six farmers killing themselves every day during the period.       According to the daily no mechanism has been put in place to monitor the progress of implementation of the Prime Minister’s special package for  distressed farmers.       In 31 suicide – prone districts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.      Quoting Union Agriculture Ministry, the paper said the figure complete only till November 2006, reveals […]

Seven thousand farmers committed suicide in three years

  Sunday, 18 February 2007 NEW DELHI, Feb 18 APP: About seven thousand farmers have committed suicide in India in just three years.         The Asian Age in its lead story on Sunday quoting government statistics said the average is even more frightening:  it works out to six farmers killing themselves every day during the period.        According to the daily no mechanism has been put in place to monitor the progress of implementation of the Prime Minister’s special package for  distressed farmers.        In 31 suicide – prone districts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.      Quoting Union Agriculture Ministry, the paper said the figure complete only till […]

A study on the prices of major agricultural crops of kerala

(By: Dr. P.Yageen Thomas . Dept of Statistics. University of Kerala) In this study, we consider the prices of nine important crops of Kerala viz. (1) Coconut (Derivatives: Copra and Coconut Oil) (2) Paddy (3) Pepper (4) Arecanut (5) Ginger (6) Cardamom (7) Rubber (8) Tea and (9) Coffee. The price indices are calculated by taking 1983 as the base year for the first seven crops and 1995 is considered as the base year for Tea and coffee as for these crops price data are available from the year 1995 only. To compare the amount of increase in the prices of Agricultural Produces to the extent it is necessary to […]

The unkept promises and rising suicides

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER200… Thursday February 15 2007 10:15 IST KALPETTA: The farmers in Wayanad, who did weave their dreams around the LDF, it seems, are losing their faith in the government and its promises. The number of suicides, which came down in 2004, is steadily on the rise again.As many as 344 persons, including 87 women, committed suicide in 2006 whereas in 2005 it was 320 and in 2004 it was 302.According to the data available with the District Crime Records Bureau, as many as 76 farmers committed suicide due to debt in the year 2006 while 44 committed suicide due to mental illness, which also could be attributed to financial crisis. […]

VS Achyuthanandan blames it all on officials

Wednesday January 31 2007 12:52 IST http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEO200… T’PURAM: Blaming officials for the non-performance of the LDF Government, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan here on Tuesday hit out at them against their over-enthusiasm regarding foreign funds.Achuthanandan’s latest bash on the officials came against the background of the controversy regarding ADB loan, which left the most productive officials like S.M. Vijayanand, scapegoats.Officials should try their best to make use of the available domestic resources for the welfare of the public, than showing over excitement towards foreign funds, Achuthanandan said while addressing the Collectors’ conference here.Farmers’ suicides could not be checked even after the LDF came to power, as the officials failed to […]

Farmers must be given a better deal: Kerala governor

Friday, January 26, 2007 Continuing farmer suicides are unacceptable in a modern society and it is up to not just the government but also the people to ensure that they are given a better deal, Kerala Governor R.L. Bhatia said Friday in his Republic Day address. Presiding over the Republic Day celebrations at the Central Stadium here, Bhatia unfurled the national flag and took salute at the march past. He also distributed awards for meritorious services in a function attended by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, ministers and top officials. Declaring that farmer suicides were a shame, he said Kerala must make advances in the financial sector. Reports indicate that after […]

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