An unregulated borewell economy thrives through the dry summers in Osmanabad district of Marathwada, with agents and rig owners cashing in on the desperation of farmers to find water at any depth, any cost.
The Indian farmer is not just a poor, helpless victim who deserves a waiver because he cannot pay. The root cause of the debt trap is that his income has not increased with rising expenditure due to state policies.
While suicides and shock deaths have seen a sudden spike in Tamil Nadu’s Cauvery delta region, the government does not believe the drought is the cause and is continuing to direct water away from rural areas.
According to a report by a committee headed by Dr. Abhay Bang, as many as 10,000 children die of malnutrition and related illnesses each year in tribal areas of Maharashtra.
Prices paid to local farmers for common grade paddy rice are to be raised by 5.4% to Rs. 1,550 per 100 kg for the year starting on July 1, while long staple cotton prices have been hiked by 3.8% to Rs. 4,320 per 100 kg.
Although the Maharashtra government has announced a loan waiver, Marathwada’s indebted farmers still do not know how they will get the money to buy farm inputs this sowing season.
Rs 10,000 initial crop loan assistance is provided to farmers under the Maharashtra scheme.
While most farmers and farm land are from rainfed areas, the government focuses only on irrigated areas. How long will this unfair treatment continue?
In the sixty-eighth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses the recent Aadhaar-PAN judgment and the impact of demonetisation on farmers.
The government has offered Rs one crore as financial aid to the kin of those who died in the recent stir in Mandsaur.
Activists allege that the government’s actions in the area, including not letting anyone in, are undemocratic and an attempt to hide what happened.
Patel was on his way to meet the families of the farmers killed in police firing on June 6, as well as other farmer leaders.
The cows were being taken for a national cattle breeding programme, the ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’, which aims to preserve indigenous cattle breeds.
After the previous offer of waiving off approximately Rs 300 billion was rejected by the farmers, the 11-day strike ended once all loans were waived.
It is about agriculture’s place in the life of our country, equity’s place in the life of our agriculture and farmers’ place in the world of equity.
Mumbai: Protesting farmers called off their agitation after the Maharashtra government on Sunday announced a loan waiver for farmers and decided to form a committee to decide the criteria of debt relief. “The government has, in principle, decided to waive farmers’ loans with certain stipulations. The loans of farmers with […]
Over 1,300 drought-prone villages of the state, as part of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017, are creating rainwater-harvesting structures to end their water woes.
The centre in Pathanamthitta not only enables farmers to sell directly to consumers, but also allows them to decide the selling price of their produce while the centre monitors the quality.
Despite having the best water infrastructure in the country, Sindh has high poverty and malnutrition levels due to the manipulation of water outlets for the benefit of the rich and powerful.
At least now we have a partial answer to why agrarian distress isn’t going anywhere – the minister in charge seems to care more about posture than pasture
Besides showing farmers’ frustration with the government’s agricultural policies, the agitations are also resistance against a development model that favours the urban.
“I am a farmer, Dhanaji Chandrakant Jadhav. I am committing suicide today. Please take my body to the village and do not cremate me till chief minister Devendra Fadnavis comes here.”
As Tamil Nadu faces one of its worst ever droughts, farmers and experts in the state share some organic, low-cost hacks.
Farmers in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have been agitating since June 1, demanding a loan waiver and better procurement prices.
In the 64th episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about what led farmers across multiple states to militant protests.
In 45ºC heat, farmers are walking from market to market to sell their cattle but others are reluctant to buy, knowing it will be difficult to get rid of them later.
The Maharashtra chief minister has been trying to make farmers forget election promises by shifting focus to his pet irrigation scheme. But after multiple errors, this does not seem to be working.
Thos leading the protest said they were “satisfied” with what the Shivraj Chouhan government was offering.
Villagers in Navagam in the Dang district of Gujarat have said they will boycott the upcoming assembly polls if the government does not resolve the long pending issue of land and house titles.
In villages across Goa, the juice of the cashew apple, a summer fruit, is distilled to produce feni, which now has its own Geographical Indication. At their small family-run distillery in North Goa, Inacina and Luis Fernandes spend four months every year on this laborious task, an art handed down across generations.
The strike also turned violent in a few places, as farmers vandalised trucks of those who did not participate in the strike and threw produce on the roads.
Farmers are once again wondering which crop will fetch them guaranteed good returns.
New restriction on cattle slaughter will severely cripple the livestock economy which is bigger than crop economy; poor farmers shifted to livestock in face of uncertain rain and dwindling income.
Farmers of Vedaranayam in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu are surviving the current drought by growing diverse crops that suit their soil, despite the failure of the rains and not getting water from the Cauvery River for many years.
In addition to destroying livelihoods linked to dairy farming, leather production and beef export, the government’s move will lead to an explosion in the number of ‘stray’ cattle.
Agricultural policy continues to focus on production and not the living condition of farmers – which is what got us to this miserable position in the first place.
In the Middle East and North Africa, conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to progress, with most of the countries across the region requiring humanitarian and food assistance.
The Modi government’s pulses promotion programme raised hopes of a lot of tur farmers. But a bumper crop later, weak state procurement and an export ban is forcing them to sell at prices well below the MSP.
Many African countries are still searching for inclusive commercial farming models that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people.
Community seed banks can enhance the resilience of farmers’ by securing access to diverse, locally adapted crops and varieties.