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Vidarbha farmers, widows to ‘mourn’ decade of BT cotton

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/03/25/236–Vidarbha-farmers-widows-to-mourn-decade-of-BT-cotton-.html Maharashtra,Immigration/Law/Rights, Sun, 25 Mar 2012IANS Nagpur, March 25 (IANS) Thousands of farmers and farm widows shall ‘mourn’ and protest the tenth anniversary of the introduction of US-based GM Seed’s revolutionary “BT Cotton” in the country Monday, an activist group said here Sunday. “Tomorrow, thousands of farmers and farmland widows shall protest in various towns and villages across Vidarbha against BT Cotton, which failed in 400,000 hectares since 2005 and in 4.20 million hectares this year,” Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) chief Kishor Tiwari told IANS. The VJAS has been fighting the cause of Maharashtra farmers opposed to BT cotton, which, Tiwari claimed is the root cause of farmers’ suicides claiming […]

Documentary on Vidarbha farmers bags National award

Documentary on Vidarbha farmers bags National award-TIMES OF INDIA Watch it on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdlPD8Eccrw NAGPUR: “If a quarter million farmers kill themselves over a span of 16 years, then it is genocide and not suicide. The globalization of economies has given rise to a new form of agrarian warfare where seeds are the new weapons.” This observation formed the basis of the documentary ‘Cotton For My Shroud’ made by Nandan Saxena and his wife Kavita Bahl. The 90 minute film, shot in the hinterlands of Vidarbha, which have earned the infamous sobriquet of farmer’s graveyard, has won aRajat Kamal for the best investigative film at the 59th National awards announced in New Delhi on Wednesday. […]

Farmers’ suicides tripled in 2011: Attention of PMO sought

Government figures of farmer suicides in Vidarbha’s agrarian crisis hit cotton belt of western districts for year 2011 has shocked the local media and civil society after a national daily reported that figures compiled by government at Yavatmal district in Maharashtra- the epicenter of the agrarian crisis. THE SHOCKING figures completely contract earlier reports of the Government of India and Mahrashtra Government in 2011 – as suicides commited due to agrarian crisis tripled as compared to the last year. In Yavatmal district as against in 2010 administration confirmed 35 farmer suicides due to agrarian crisis, and all are eligible for government compensation whereas in 2011, 76 suicides were declared – which is […]

Bt or Not to Bt? Risk and Uncertainty Considerations in Technology Assessment

http://www.igidr.ac.in/pdf/publication/WP-2012-001.pdf Srijit Mishra & Sarthak Gaurav IGIDR The acreage under the transgenic Bt cotton seeds in India has risen significantly since its legalization in the year 2002. Discussions on the advantages from the technology have focused on increments in productivity and income, without much analysis on risk. We point out that claims on productivity gains seem to be misplaced, as appropriate counterfactuals do not exist for the same hybrids. In this article we analyse production costs and crop incomes in drought years to test a simplistic theory of risk based on first principles. We employ a mixed-methods framework to draw inferences by combining data from two cross-sectional surveys in Gujarat […]

Can we have the pesticide menu, please?

http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column_can-we-have-the-pesticide-menu-please_1634428 G Sampath | Saturday, January 7, 2012 G Sampath I’m not very adventurous in my drinking habits. I generally stick to wine. And while I’ve had whiskey, brandy, feni, cognac, chang, gin and arrack, besides several other region and country-specific spirits and sub-spirits whose names I don’t remember now, I’d never tasted pesticide. So when I was invited by Pesti Cola, a leading MNC pesticide manufacturer, to attend a pesticide-tasting workshop, I accepted immediately. The venue of the workshop was a luxurious resort in the heart of Vidarbha. As you would know, pesticide is a really popular drink in these parts, and people run up huge debts to indulge […]

Agriculture, food security and nutrition in Vidarbha: Household level analysis – A special article in EPW

By Amita Bhaduri, India Water Portal This special article in Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) is based on an assessment of agricultural practices and livelihoods of people in Vidarbha, one of the most distressed regions in India. Using the data generated from a baseline survey on a sample of 6,990 households covering six districts, this paper attempts to assess the relationships between agriculture, food security and nutrition for children, adolescents and married women of reproductive age. The study indicates that Overall under-nutrition amongst children, adolescents and married women in the study area is substantial and it does not differ significantly between different socio-economic groups. Severe under-nutrition amongst all the groups […]

Vidharba: Farmers get Rs 2k-cr aid package

NAGPUR: Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday announced a Rs 2,000 crore relief package for farmers growing cotton, soyabean and paddy. He claimed the compensation was highest in the state’s history and unprecedented for Vidarbha farmers. However, the Opposition rejected the package, saying it was too little too late. Over 85 lakh farmers of Vidarbha, Marathwada and northern Maharashtra have been in crisis for over two months. They had hoped to get at least Rs 5,000 a hectare. But the relief announced by the CM may be about Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 a hectare for cotton and even less for soya and paddy growers. After discussions with political parties, farmers, NGOs […]

Disappointed with farmer’s Package 4 more vidarbha killed themselves :farm widows blockade NationalHighway protesting the relief package

Nagpur-15th dcmber2011 The shocks of rejection of farmers main demand to give hike to support price in cotton ,soya and paddy has reported four suicides in vidarbha ,identified as 1.Ankush Raut of Wadki in Yavatmal 2Ashok Bhongale of Bhamada in Yavatmal 3.Ramrao Kamble of Gaul in Wardha 4.Shayram Thege of Kesarwada in Bhandara As per media reports published here taking toll to 722 in year 2011 alone,Kishor Tiwari, president of Nagpur-based Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, (VJAS), activist group working for cotton farmer rights in a Press release today. Most of major cotton centre town are completely closed to support ‘Bandh’ called giving by opposition parties and hundreds of farm widows blockade […]

11 more Vidarbha Farmers Suicides reported in December

11 more Vidarbha Farmers Suicides reported in December: Farmers Demands Policy Driven Relief Package not ‘Contractor or Bank Driven’ Nagpur -12th December ,2011 The suicide spiral of debt trapped vidarbha farmer who are deep grip of agrarian crisis since 2005 due successive crop failure and volatile market prices of cotton has added 11 more victims as these 11 farmers suicides cases surfaced in first 10days of December 2011 when they failed to get any rlief from state due to technical hurdles created by state election which has administration to announce any relief to 5 million dying farmers of Maharashtra on the pretext of so called code of conduct enforced due on going local body election […]

Cotton MSP, farmers’ suicides likely to dominate Maha session

PTI | 01:12 PM,Dec 11,2011 Nagpur, Dec 11 (PTI) The ongoing demand and agitation by farmers over hike in MSP for cotton and unabated suicides by farmers in Vidarbha region are likely to dominate the proceedings of the Winter Session of the Maharashtra Legislature, beginning in the vice capital here from tomorrow. Though the Congress-led Democratic Front (DF) government, citing the code of conduct in place for the municipal council elections, has not increased the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for cotton but has indicated to provide some relief by announcing financial assistance to the cotton growers from Vidarbha, Khandesh and Marathwada regions per hectare. Shiv Sena launched statewide agitation for […]

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