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Jhabua on its way to becoming Vidarbha-II?

With shift to a high-input cash cropping system, the debt process bears an uncanny resemblance to the ‘catastrophe’ If it does not rain over the next week, Farmers of Petlawad tehsil and its neighbouring regions in Jhabua might have to go the same way as their brethren in Vidarbha did. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan recently declared Jhabua, along with 36 other districts, drought-hit. The agricult

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The Paper Rations

Commission on the Right to Food, Patnaik is also a member of the Expert Committee of the Planning Commission on Conditional Cash Transfers. He favours continuing with the PDS because it also supports Farmers by buying their grains at a guaranteed minimum support price. “Who is going to buy their grains, and where will those grains go?” he asks. Jacob Thomas, principal secretary in the department of food, civil supplies and consumer protect

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squo;s entitlement category for at least five years. Since the aim of food security is to attain nutrition security, elements of balanced diet, such as pulses, high nutrition millets (which also help Farmers fight droughts), edible oils and some basic spices must also be included in the Right to Food bill. The links below contain both sides of the story on Right to Food and some of the suggestions/ recommendations made by various experts:

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s exactly in the opposite direction. For instance, offering cheap wheat and rice -- and not the drought-resistant millets -- to the BPL families under soon-to-be-launched Right to Food Act is pushing Farmers to sow paddy at their own peril. There is no move to include the high-nutrition millets in mid day meal scheme either. The government is not even contemplating a ban on summer crop of paddy despite it resulting in a dramatic depletion of groundwat

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Drought management for rural livelihood security

be done to meet the challenge?  There are reports in financial newspapers that the ongoing drought affecting nearly 200 districts in the country may not have much effect on GDP, since the Farmers in the drought-affected areas contribute hardly 3 per cent to GDP. It is sad that such a measure of the impact of drought on the lives and livelihoods of millions of rural families is even considered. It is this mindset that is responsible for our

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India's water use 'unsustainable'

fields. Dr Raj Gupta, a scientist working for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), said that the current drought would lead to more groundwater extraction. "Farmers receive no rains so they are pumping a lot more water than the government expected, so the water table will fall further," he said. "The Farmers have to irrigate, and that's why they're

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21 Farmers end lives in 40 days in Andhra

It's official. Even as Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy admitted there had been 20 suicides by Farmers in the state in the last 40 days, yet another case came to light on Saturday. Peddolla Nadipi Bhumanna hanged himself at home in Donchanda village of Morthad mandal late on Friday night. It’s learnt that the 55-year-old farmer, faced with crop failure, was driven to desperation because he was unable to clear his mount

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Taking goals of NREGA-I forward

over 70 in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. And if we focus on Adivasis, the proportion shoots up to as high as 76-87 per cent in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan. Millions of our small and marginal Farmers are forced to work under NREGA because the productivity of their own farms is too low to make ends meet. NREGA will become really powerful when it helps to rebuild this decimated productivity of small farms and allows these people to return to ful

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Multiplier accelerator synergy in NREGA

it was by the electorate five years ago. India’s countryside continues to be characterised by a sluggish agrarian economy, marred by malnourished children and anaemic women, as also suicide by Farmers in distress. But there is no question that NREGA has put money into the hands of the poorest of the poor on a scale that is unprecedented in the history of independent India. The concepts of the multiplier and accelerator borrowed from macro

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Rajiv Sewa Kendras for NREGS soon

After widening the ambit of the NREGS to include works on the private land of small and marginal Farmers, the Rural Development Ministry is now considering setting up a ‘mini secretariat’ named after Rajiv Gandhi at each Gram Panchayat. The Central Employment Guarantee Council (CEGC), which is slated to meet early next week, will be considering a proposal for creating Bharat Nirman Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendra for each gram panchayat

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