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Low Pulse by Savvy Soumya Misra

pment of the seed-fertilizer-irrigation technologies for paddy, wheat and maize, fertile lands were diverted to these crops and pulses were relegated to marginal pieces of land cultivated by marginal Farmers. In Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad district Farmers were growing pulses till 15 years ago. “As soon as irrigation was provided through Tawa Dam, pulses and millets like kodo and kutki got repl

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The Gene Gun At Your Head by Shoma Chaudhury

veryone to familiarise themselves with what is at stake. Conversations about science and agriculture are usually conducted outside public discourse. Most urban Indians, in fact, consider talk of Farmers and vegetables a bore. If someone told you Bt brinjal is an issue of national security, chances are you’d laugh. But it is true. There are also people who speak of desi brinjal as a sort of modern day Mangal Pandey and the struggle to protec

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A Law Unto Itself by Lola Nayar, Chandrani Banerjee

* Main aim is to create asingle-window clearing-house for GM foods/crops * Planned regulatory authority to have overarching powers over state governments, existing laws * No room for Farmers or civil society in approval process * Penal action for raising objection without scientific evidence * No independent risk assessment of data submitted to the authority * No provision for revoking approvals, inadequate liability clause * No informed

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GM foods are fine

end to have research links with the GM industry. And the physical infrastructure for independent testing must be built up, in universities and dedicated labs. Till this capability is built up, Indian Farmers can continue to grow the humble brinjal, aubergine or eggplant the way they always have. In fact, to allow a grafted bacterial gene into the food chain in the face of stiff opposition by several state governments, forget activists, the Centr

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10 journalists get fellowships to cover rural India

and Chitrkoot districts of U.P.), Pankaj Jaiswal of Hindustan Times (to work on traditional water harvesting techniques and grain banks of Bundelkhand) and Sumit Pande of CNN-IBN (to work on marginal Farmers and de-notified tribes of Maharashtra and U.P.)

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Raising income per hectare is as much a concern as improving yield: Swaminathan by Aparna Alluri

Demanding attention to Farmers, agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan on Tuesday said increasing income per hectare was as much of a concern as improving yield per hectare. “The National Farmer’s Policy is unique because it shifts focus from the land to its tiller.” Dr. Swaminathan was speaking at a conference here on implementing the Farmer’s Policy, drafted in 2007 by a National Commission with him as chairman

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And yet another pro-farmer budget by P Sainath

This is a budget crafted for, and perhaps by, the corporate farmer and agribusiness. The real heroes of India's success story were our Farmers. Through their hard work, they ensured “food security” for the country.— Pranab Mukherjee, interim budget speech Feb. 16, 2009 This Budget belongs to 'Aam Aadmi'. It belongs to the farmer, the agriculturist, the entrepreneur and the investor. — Pranab Mukherjee, budget

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Reviving agriculture

lan has measures to boost agricultural production; reduce wastages in the food supply chains right from the field to the market and further on to the dining table; lend adequate credit support to the Farmers for investing in raising farm output; and to promote the food processing sector to facilitate both waste reduction and value addition of the farm produce. As a major initiative to tame food inflation, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has indicate

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UN warns of harmful impact on poor Farmers of narrow focus on biotechnology

An over-dependence on genetically modified organisms to boost agricultural production eclipses other biotechnologies and their potential to benefit poor Farmers in developing countries, warned the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today. “Modern and conventional biotechnologies provide potent tools for the agriculture sector, including fisheries and forestry,” said FAO Assistant Director-General Modibo Traore.

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Pawar honours small and marginal Farmers by Gargi Parsai

Faceless Farmers who, by dint of hard work and enterprise, fought against odds to make a difference were recognised at a quiet ceremony here on Friday, the day Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee presented the budget in Parliament. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar took over an hour to distribute the awards and trophies to the small and marginal Farmers from all parts of the country in the presen

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