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The disruptive force of climate change on agriculture -Omair Ahmad

-The Hindu Business Line Climate change and other agrarian distress are forcing the farming community to scrounge for a living outside its comfort zone The work I do — editing the work of journalists reporting on water issues in the Himalayan region — gives me a close-up of how climate change is disrupting agriculture. Almost 80 per cent of water usage in India, and most of its neighbouring countries, is for agriculture. Much of th

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Sunaina Rawat and the dilemma of Bharat -Richard Mahapatra

erting this crisis. To sum up her conversation with NDTV: she wants to be a doctor, but her economic condition is not so encouraging. Her family has lost whatever little income they used to earn from farming as stray cattle destroyed it. And there is no alternative source of livelihood. Can she be a doctor? Her answer revolves around the great divide between rural and urban India that she insists in that interview. “Urban people have money&rdquo

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Civil society organisations demand respect for farmers' rights by Pepsico

te Anand Yagnik stated that rarely does a multinational withdraw its legal suits in this manner, that too having litigated against the marginalized and downtrodden. These farmers are into subsistence farming and not commercial farming. This is the first instance where PepsiCo has withdrawn suits not only against the farmers of Sabarkantha but also against Aravalli and Banaskantha. With this withdrawal, the

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Are farm loan waivers a political gimmick? -Vikas Dhoot

ss. * Would you say the government’s focus on managing inflation in the early years of its tenure and the inability to generate jobs that could have created non-farm avenues for the youth in farming households has contributed to the stress? SMD: Yes. The agriculture focus is short term, [which is why we have] loan waivers, but the focus on how to generate incomes and jobs has been lacking. The construction sector was earlier responsible fo

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A wake-up call on proprietary seeds -Mrinalini Kochupillai & Gregory Radick

he expense of buying these seeds and inputs, and the loss of the skills and social relationships needed to do otherwise (through the saving and exchange of seeds of indigenous varieties), small-scale farming looks set to continue on its downward spiral of lower income, status and dignity. It’s time for a paradigm shift No one can blame farmers for thinking that proprietary seeds are better. Since the days of the Green Revolution, agricultu

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Points of law in the PepsiCo-potato case -Biswajit Dhar

of the Act, to the manner in which it is being implemented. If these issues are not dealt with in keeping the spirit of the law, and perhaps more importantly, their potential adverse implications on farming communities, farmer-breeder conflicts could become more frequent and this would only push the farmers into deeper crises. The PPVFRA was enacted in 2001 after engaging debates were held in the country for more than a decade as to how intellectu

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Potato wars

stered by it under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act 2001 (PPVFRA) — for their own use. The FC-5 variety, used to make Lay’s chips, is grown under a contract farming deal, by 12,000 farmers in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district. As for proceeding against the rest, PepsiCo’s argument is not well supported by the law. Sections 39 and 42 of PPVFRA clearly spell out the rights of the farmers in this regard

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Hard Look: Hot Potato -Sohini Ghosh

heir family’s land holding grow exponentially in the last two decades, are not small and marginal farmers whose incomes are dependent on the vagaries of the market. Fulchand had a collaborative farming arrangement with PepsiCo India in 2007 for ATL (Atlantic) variety which was then used by the company for making chips, and had grown their potato seeds over an area of 4 to 5 acres back then he says. “The approximate yield was 14-15 tonnes p

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How a rural distress helpline in Telangana is preventing farmer suicides -Priyanka Richi

ses and the rest are still pending for some level of intervention from the government. The organisation also has its presence on WhatsApp, where it tries to disseminate more information on organic farming and provides knowledge on best farming practices.   “We also visit hospitals and meet farmers who have survived suicide attempts. There are many reasons that can lead a man to desperation.

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Scientists fear widespread contamination of Bt Brinjal - Jayashree Nandi

not allowing the use of GM brinjal, the developments in Haryana are a clear violation of the law. On April 25, the GM-free coalition, a collective of farmers’ organisations promoting organic farming, said in a statement that it collected samples from a Fatehabad farm and tested it through the lateral flow strip method. The samples tested positive for Bt Cry1Ac protein. Brinjal is genetically modified by inserting a protein gene (in this case

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