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Guar mine

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/guar-mine Home » Special Report Author(s): Ankur Paliwal, Jyotika Sood Date: Jul 31, 2012 Farmers in Rajasthan make big bucks as shale gas rush boosts demand for little-known cluster bean Photographs: Ankur Paliwal Houses in Goduwali dhani village of Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar district are getting a makeover. Kaccha walls and roofs are being cemented, and marbles have been brought in for flooring. There are new tractors in the fields and SUVs are increasing on the roads. Resident Ram Karan Charan is planning to buy his first car, while Om Prakash is eyeing investment in real estate in Jaipur. Some 500 km away, Kanchan Singh in Jodhpur district is breathing a sigh of relief. He has cleared […]

Afterall, Rajasthan recalls the NOC for GM crop trials

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=81761 Delay in NOC for GM Crops TrialDelay in NOC for GM Crops Trial Minister of State (I/C) for Environment and Forests Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan today revealed in Rajya Sabha that the State Governments of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Uttarakhand and Karnataka have informed that they have taken a decision to prohibit environmental release of all Genetically Modified (GM) seeds. She said currently field trials have been allowed only in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Recently Government of Rajasthan has conveyed its decision to withdraw the No Objection Certificate (NOC) which was issued to Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants, University of Delhi for conduct of second season Biosafety Research […]

Rajasthan Puts GM Crop Trials on Hold: Orders burning of the field trials

Rajasthan Puts GM Crop Trials on Hold The Rajasthan government has put on hold all trials of genetically modified (GM) crops in the state. In an order dated 13 March, the Principal Secretary, Agriculture, government of Rajasthan stated “..no trials of GM crops should be conducted in the State until final decision in this matter is taken.” “The issue (of permitting trials of transgenic crops) indeed being fraught with concerns as no unanimity has arrived at, either in their favour or against them. The government, after considering different aspects of it, has taken a view to wait until a national consensus is evolved. It has also been decided that discussions […]

WHO’S BENEFITING FROM PROPRIETARY HYBRID MAIZE PROMOTION IN RAJASTHAN, ASK CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVISTS & FARMERS’ LEADERS

Press Release Rajasthan hybrid maize Report-Download Another controversial seed-based project favoring big corporations is emerging in Rajasthan, after the recent controversy around MoUs with seven seed companies by the state government which led to a scrapping of the agreements due to civil society pressure. Releasing a Fact Finding Report on Project Golden Rays of the Rajasthan Government here today, civil society activists and farmers’ leaders demanded to know how this project came about and who is really benefiting from the project. They pointed out that there is no scientific basis on which the large project has been undertaken with poor tribal farmers of the state, that accountability systems were completely […]

Rajasthan scraps seed pacts

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/rajasthan-scraps-seed-pacts0 Comments Author(s): Latha Jishnu Issue: Nov 30, 2011 ICAR tells Rajasthan to wait for guidelines on benefit sharing, biosafety Photo: Amit ShankarON NOVEMBER 4, the Rajasthan government called seven seed companies to its offices in Jaipur to give them the bad news: the memorandums of agreement (MoUs) signed last year to collaborate on agriculture research had been scrapped after being in limbo for 15 months. The public-private partnership (PPP) envisaged in the agreements was comprehensive and of far-reaching significance, at least in the case of one, that with Monsanto Company of the US, the world’s largest purveyor of seeds and biotechnology. The MoUs had been inked over six weeks, starting July […]

Rajasthan seed initiative wilts: MoUs with biotech seed companies in limbo as protests force a rethink

Author(s): Latha Jishnu Issue: Jun 30, 2011 Krishi Vigyan Kendras of agriculture universities are conducting little research (Photo: Jyotika Sood) Ten months after Rajasthan signed its extraordinary memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with seven biotech seed companies, the state government finds itself caught in a cleft stick. Owing to a series of protests by farmers’ organisations, the government has thought it prudent not to execute the MoUs. At the same time, with pressure mounting from some of the seed companies to formalise the agreements, it has been unable to put together a policy framework for the public-private partnerships (PPPs) it wants to implement. When Rajasthan signed MoUs with seven seed companies, […]

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