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LSR grad quits job to be sarpanch by Anindo Dey

nted me to contest," she says. Chhavi Rajawat, the corporate girl-turned-sarpanch from Rajasthan, says she’s used to rural life. "I am used to it. I grew up playing with kids of Farmers. Besides, my parental house is in Soda, so I spend time there and don’t miss anything. I am pretty comfortable," she says. Besides being sarpanch, she also tends to a hotel that the family owns in Jaipur and the numerous horses that are

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Aggrieved Farmers leave for Delhi

Over 1,500 people comprising Farmers, residents and activists who have been affected by the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project around Bangalore, began their journey to the national capital from the City Railway Station on Sunday afternoon to voice their protest. For many, it is their first trip to New Delhi, and as a group, they felt they had a lot of opportunities to exchange ideas and develop bonds. Janata Dal (Secular) chief H.D.

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‘Public-private tie-ups needed to check wastage of vegetables, fruits' by Gargi Parsai

He was happy with the huge concessions announced for the industry in this year's budget, but advised the industry to “tailor their technological requirements to suit Indian conditions and Farmers.” The Indian food market was estimated at $200 billion during 2006-07 and is expected to touch $310 billion in 2015. Food retail, dominated by 5 million retail outlets, is also likely to grow from $75 billion estimated in 2007-08 to $40

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Bt cotton ineffective against pest in parts of Gujarat, admits Monsanto by Priscilla Jebaraj

Firm asks Farmers to switch to its second-generation product to delay resistance further  Pink bollworm resistant to pest-killing protein of Bt cotton in four districts Monsanto's advice ridiculous, say scientists For the first time anywhere in the world, biotech agriculture giant Monsanto has admitted that insects have developed resistance to its Bt cotton crop. Field monitoring in parts of Gujarat has discovered that the Bt

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Living the report by Rati Jairath

ghts of the Dalit community. The women in question run Khabar Lahariya: an eight page bi-weekly with a print run of 3,000 in Chitrakoot and Banda districts. The paper’s readership includes Farmers, panchayat members, schoolteachers, shopkeepers, anganwadi wo-rkers, labourers, government employees, journalists and housewives.   Written in the vibrant Bundeli, the Dalit women live the issues they write about. Besides local, national a

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Over 90 Farmers committed suicide in Adilabad district: NGO by DVL Padma Priya

mounting debts stated to be reasons  The interest rate on private loans ranges between 24 and 36 per cent The district witnessed 15 deaths in 3 days during November Sixty-nine Farmers from Adilabad district committed suicide during the kharif season that lasted from August to November 2009 and the number grew to 93 by December 15, if reports from the non-governmental organisations and Farme

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Farmer suicide rate: 5 a week by Sanjeev Kumar Patro

The bane of Farmers’ suicides has taken Orissa in its vice-like grip with five ending their lives in every seven days. The trend has grown by over six per cent in 2008 as the State has climbed the ladder at a notoriously fast pace to rank 12th of the 28 states with most farmer deaths, the statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau has revealed. The growth is over 40 per cent for the males with 245 taking the extreme step a

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Allegations of Farmers’ suicide not true: Govt

The State Government today told the Orissa High Court that allegations of Farmers’ suicide due to crop loss are not true. As per an earlier direction by a division bench of the High Court comprising Justices IM Quddusi and Sanju Panda, State Government submitted its counter to the writ petition filed by Jati Pradhan, secretary to Balangir Zilla Krushak Mahasangha who had alleged farmer suicides in different parts of Orissa. In it

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Small Family Farms in Tropics Can Feed the Hungry and Preserve Biodiversity by Perfecto and Vandermeer

that species have to migrate through." Vandermeer said he advocates the break-up of large-scale farms in the tropics, as well as incentives to encourage "a large number of small-scale Farmers, each managing the land to the best of his or her ability, using agroecological techniques." Perfecto said these goals are in line with the findings of the 2009 International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology f

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Swaminathan’s concerns can’t be addressed: nutrition body chief by Jacob P Koshy

rve the existing genetic variability in brinjal”. Such a collection already exists and the NBPGR has at least 3,000 accessions that includes wild varieties, as well as hybrids developed by Farmers, said S.K. Sharma, director of the institute. “We’ve been doing this over several years and the last systematic survey was done in 2005, under a World Bank funded project,” Sharma said. “Our collection is the most exte

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