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Conference to discuss impact of de-controlled fertilizers by Gargi Parsai

zer regime comes into play from April 1, the Centre has asked the States to take steps to ensure that stocks and the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of fertilizers are clearly displayed for the benefit of Farmers. The States have also been asked to keep a strict vigil on “smuggling of fertilizers across the international border and deal sternly with diversion of fertilizers to non-agricultural uses.” This, and the burning issue of enhancin

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Indian Farmers battle against nuclear plant by Zubair Ahmed

ndia's commercial capital, Mumbai, lies the village of Madban overlooking the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea. It is in this village that a 10,000 megawatt nuclear power plant is proposed - and Farmers and fishermen, backed by campaigners, are hardening their stance against it. People from Madban believe the project will cause havoc to the environment and to their livelihoods. Stunning beauty Pravin Gavhankar, a local farmer who

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Government-led inflation

ught. Now, world prices of grain went through the roof in 2008, following the diversion of large acreage across the world from food to bio-fuels . The government felt obliged to raise MSPs for Indian Farmers too, arguing that Indian prices were still well below global rates. However, world prices can fall dramatically, and this is not true of MSP, which no politician wants to ever reduce. Today, the wheat MSP is more than 20% below the Chicago p

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Train women for better crop, says report by Simantik Dowerah

and equip them to face challenges like low literacy levels, multiple domestic obligations and demonstrates the appropriate training that needs to be implemented. The report found that if women Farmers are trained at par with men, agricultural yields would be up by 20%. Based on inputs from successful projects in India and Ghana and knitting together existing literature on the challenges women face, the report proposed a more focused approach to

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Limits to biotechnology

ing that it is seeking to create a market for a new, higher-priced seed. While Monsanto may have business reasons in mind, the fact also remains that its claims should be objectively verified and the Farmers properly reassured of the factual position. After all, even GM crops are not immune to disease. Countless good crop varieties have in the past gone out of cultivation because of the loss of their inbuilt immunity against particular pests and disea

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Estate workers, potters may get rice at Rs.2 a kg

ched to include more programmes or works because the revenue deficit ought to be controlled. Noting that the budget had provided higher allocation for agriculture, he said the pension scheme for Farmers would be enlarged to cover more Farmers. Awards would be instituted for Farmers cultivating fallow lands and families cultivating vegetables. Welfare scheme

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Property rights for future migrants by Sanjeev Sanyal

aw in this solution because the urban poor are not a static group but a flow. In the last two years, I have travelled across many parts of rural India. The message is very clear. The children of Farmers no longer want to stay on in their farms. No government scheme is going to hold back the change in aspirations. The country’s cities need to prepare for the influx. In an earlier column, I had argued that slums play an important role in the

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Danger of inflation by CP Chandrasekhar

ith food-price increases being the result of major failures of state policy. Domestic food production has been affected adversely by neoliberal economic policies that have opened up trade and exposed Farmers to volatile international prices even as internal support systems have been dismantled and input prices have been rising continuously. Inadequate agricultural research, poor extension services, overuse of groundwater, and incentives for unsuitable

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Our whole country loses if women and girls are unable to fulfil their potential by Ela Bhatt

our union for women workers in the informal sector. These millions of women earn meagre incomes producing goods in their homes, picking and recycling rubbish, working as agricultural labourers, small Farmers, construction workers, street vendors and hawkers. Bereft of a voice, they have remained invisible to most of my middle class compatriots and are vulnerable to exploitation and neglect. It is sadly clear how bigotry, dressed up as culture or tradi

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Livestock rearing — key to poverty reduction strategies by Gavin Wall

od perspectives, livestock rearing must be at the centre stage of poverty alleviation programmes.  Livestock rearing is a key livelihood and risk mitigation strategy for small and marginal Farmers, particularly across the rain-fed regions of India. Livestock products comprised 32 per cent of the total value of agriculture and allied activities in 2006-07 which was a noticeable increase from 27 per cent in 1999-2000 and from 1980-81 when it

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