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Don’t ignore the women farmers -Thamizhachi Thangapandian

-The Hindu The gender gap in the agriculture sector will only widen more with the current farm laws Eminent agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan once said, “Some historians believe that it was women who first domesticated crop plants and thereby initiated the art and science of farming. While men went out hunting in search of food, women started gathering seeds from the native flora and began cultivating those of interest from the point...

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Prison of Poverty: Agri Workers’ Wages Have Barely Increased in Modi Years -Subodh Varma

-Newsclick.in No scheme touches them, no law reaches them – but they hope that a better deal for farmers will benefit them. At the Ghazipur border between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, Manish and a few of his friends have joined the farmers’ dharna only a few days back. They live in Baghpat district, barely a few dozen kilometres from the protest site but it could be another continent, or another age. “In the...

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Hit By Indebtedness and Suicides, Punjab Farmers Worry New Laws Will Make Things Worse -Pawanjot Kaur

-TheWire.in Researchers have found that small and marginal farmers and Dalit Landless Labourers are worst affected by the region's agrarian distress. Sangrur/Patiala (Punjab): In the villages of Punjab, strike a conversation on farming  expenses with anyone, and they will say, “Karja tan hai hi (Of course, we have taken loans).” It’s these loans – from both institutional and non-institutional sources – that largely help the rural economy run in the state. But...

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Quieter but still present: Landless Labourers say have much to lose -Sourav Roy Barman

-The Indian Express A resident of Fazilka district, Dev Singh's life trajectory, in many ways, mirrors the plight of Punjab's Landless Labourers, managing to eke out a living wholly dependent on those owning tracts of land. New Delhi: His kurta a little crumpled, chappals worn out, eyes sunken and voice diffident, Dev Singh is not quite like the archetypal Punjabi farmer — feisty and boisterous. A Mazhabi Sikh, categorised as Dalits, Dev Singh...

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Farmers’ protest questions reform that promotes efficiency of agriculture, not well-being of agriculturists -Pramod Kumar

-The Indian Express No doubt, with these laws, agricultural operations may become more efficient, but they threaten to lead to the marginalisation of the farmers. In other words, agriculture may flourish, but agriculturists could perish. The farmers’ agitation is unique in many ways. One, it is a coming together of 31 ideologically competing organisations. Two, it has successfully purged itself of the influence and interference of the established political parties as reflected...

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