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Tenant farmers being left high and dry -B Yerram Raju

e and inclusive, tenancy is likely to further increase. Land being scarce, there is severe demand for it. Urbanisation has made inroads into the rural landscape. Tenancy and sharecropping have become Livelihood options in agriculture, to supplement incomes arising out of lesser availability of land. Please click here to read more.

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Chhattisgarh watershed project promises better income for small farmers

s in Chhattisgarh, that will lead to improvement in the cropping intensity in about 3,50,000 hectare of land. The project was launched in partnership with the Chhattisgarh government, Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation and Axis Bank Foundation. The focus is on initiating a community-led mechanism to enhance the productivity of natural resources to meet demands for food, fodder and fuel wood within the watershed in a sustainable manner. Prada

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

and in a reflective exercise analyses their actions to find legislative and policy solutions through larger public action. Post-liberalisation, the rural economy has faced issues primarily affecting Livelihood, employment and shrinking state support. The people who are to receive benefits are the best situated to design and decide on policy and legislative frameworks. They know what will work well. The emergence of the MGNREGA was propelled by sma

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Rhetoric no salve for farm distress -PP Sangal

announced Rs.5,000 per acre yearly to 72 lakh peasant families, but restricting only to small/marginal families, unlike Telangana. Odisha, too, under its initiative called the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA), announced a special package of Rs.10,180 crore, in which 60 lakh small, marginal and landless farmers each would get Rs.10,000 in two instalments for rabi and kharif crops for three years. Lately, Maharashtra is

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Fabrication and falsification -Rajendran Narayanan

starvation or connected to MGNREGA — a lazy, convenient denial of any correlation. If implemented the proper way, MGNREGA, among other measures, can go a long way in improving the life and the Livelihoods of Chunni Devi and others like her. Not only is the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the State and Centre demonstrating alarming indifference in this matter but is also covering up realities by curating information to suit its false na

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Why KALIA may be better option than loan waiver in supporting big, small farmers

scheme launched by the state — includes payments to everyone from big farmers and landless cultivators to farm agricultural labourers. The scheme name abbreviated for Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation, launched last month, includes payments to encourage cultivation and associated activities. It completed its first phase of registration on Tuesday. “Unlike a loan waiver, (through which) banks appease a few far

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India's Cow Crisis Part 4: The stigma of Mewat -Jitendra

each the market from his village, Rehan Tappar in Haryana’s Nuh district. Stringent legislations in states after states have left the livestock economy in a lurch; they have criminalised the Livelihood of cattle traders and cattle keepers. This Mewat area has been one of the worst-hit. Fifteen of the 20 incidents of killing over cow vigilantism in the last two years were related to movements of cattle. While perpetrators of murders are yet

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Farmer producer bodies need help -BS Suran / N Lalitha

-The Hindu Business Line FPOs are for the small producer, typically left out by schemes and sops. They need not just inputs but marketing support Agriculture provides Livelihoods to millions of small landholders in India. A few government initiatives to support farmers — such as increased MSP, interest subsidies, free electricity, and loan waivers — reach a limited percentage of farmers and, hence, have a limited impact. The Tel

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P Sainath, acclaimed journalist and Founder-Editor of the People's Archive of Rural India, interviewed by Anuradha SenGupta (

upta, Sainath makes a case for state intervention in agriculture and says the Modi government, with its shifting positions and policies like demonetisation has only aggravated the assault on agrarian Livelihoods. Dismissing the buzz about imminent new initiatives for farmers as political business as usual, P Sainath outlines why Parliament must convene an urgent special session if we want a comprehensive, long term fix to this distress. * Anu

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India's Cow Crisis Part 2: Threat of decline looms over livestock economy after 35 years' growth -Jitendra

-Down to Earth The circular economy of cattle has ruptured, threatening Livelihoods of India’s poorest. The value output of the livestock economy is Rs 9.18 lakh crore, managed mostly by small and marginal farmers It is almost a year since Rahamdin Khan hasn’t got any good sleep. A resident of Khoabas, a bucolic village of 500 households at the foothills of Aravalli mountain range in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, Rahamdin witne

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