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India fails to protect property rights of indigenous and rural women, says report

eoples said, ““Unless women have equal standing in all laws governing indigenous lands, their communities stand on fragile ground. For many indigenous peoples, it is the women who are the food producers and who manage their customary lands and forests. Safeguarding their rights will cement the rights of their communities to collectively own the lands and forests they have protected and depended on for generations.” Only four count

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Say no to GM mustard -TSR Subramanian

EAC) recently cleared the proposal for genetically modified (GM) mustard is extraordinary to say the least. It makes a mockery of the commitment in the Bharatiya Janata Party manifesto that “GM foods will not be allowed without full scientific evaluation on the long term effects on soil, production and biological impact on consumers”. The Prime Minister had delighted consumers by lending his weight to the promotion of organic More »

Rajasthan bats for super-grain quinoa -TV Jayan

du Business Line Crop gets Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 lakh per quintal Jaipur: As part of its crop diversification efforts, Rajasthan will encourage over 50,000 farmers to take up cultivation of super foodgrain quinoa this year, said State Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Lal Saini. Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation, which engaged some farmers to grow quinoa seeds on an experimental basis, has managed to raise over 20,000 quintals of

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Cropping Monsanto's patent rights -Vivian Fernandes

sions on behalf of the government, a week after hearings on the matter had ended. The ASG believes that GM traits, if protected under the Indian Patents Act (IPA), can threaten the country’s food security. He asserts that Monsanto and its licensees having “got used to making huge profit at the cost of farmers… appear to be building up a case law under the IPA so as to excessively profit even in the future through monopoly”

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Between 2013-14 & 2016-17, rabi foodgrain output likely to drop by 1 million tonne

Much to our surprise, a careful relook at the newly released estimates on farm production from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare would reveal that the foodgrain production during the rabi season is likely to fall by almost 1 million tonne between 2013-14 and 2016-17. Please see chart-1. Amidst the celebration of a bumper harvest in the ongoing crop year, it needs to be explained why the rabi f

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Greenpeace lauds Bihar's organic farming initiatives

vironment protection organisation, has welcomed and lauded the Bihar government's decision to give priority to organic farming. "This initiative will prove sustainable for the agriculture and food security in the long run," a Greenpeace official said here on Monday. According to the organisation, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed the state's Agriculture Department officials to give priority to organic farming, and said it

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Centre comes out with FAQs to allay fears on GM mustard -Mayank Aggarwal

tious as the conventionally grown varieties in India. Therefore, it is not anticipated to have any effect on milk production, if cattle consume this GE mustard as feed.” “Individual GM foods and their safety should be assessed on a case-by-case basis and that it is not possible to make general statements on the safety of all GM foods.” “In addition, no effects on human health h

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From plate to plough: An unfulfilled farm manifesto -Ashok Gulati & Siraj Hussain

, cheaper agriculture inputs and credit, introducing latest technologies and high-yielding seeds and linking MGNREGA to agriculture.” There were other promises too, in terms of bringing down food inflation, creating a price stabilisation fund and reforming the food management system by unbundling FCI into three parts, the dissemination of real-time data to farmers, and setting up a National Agricul

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Modi Government's Maternity Benefits Scheme Will Likely Exclude Women Who Need It the Most -Dipa Sinha

re and immunisation are met. The scheme is also restricted to the first live birth. In fact, the new MBP is a watered down and much delayed implementation of the commitment made under the National food Security Act (NFSA) passed unanimously by parliament in 2013. Section 4 of the NFSA states:     “subject to such schemes as may be framed by the central government, every pregnant woman and lactating mother shall be entitle

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