Sunday, 25 November 2012
Friday, 23 November 2012
Thousands Cotton Farmers march to Council Hall Nagpur on 11th December for compensation Bt.cotton failure
Thousands Cotton Farmers march to Council Hall
on 11th December for
compensation Bt.cotton failure Nagpur
First time Maharashtra officially admitted that this year cotton yield like to lower down by 40% form 3.5 million quintal to 2.2 million quintal due to Bt.cotton failure in more than 4 million hectors net direct economic loss of Maharashtra cotton farmers to tune of Rs.6000 crore where as accumulated losses likely to cross more than Rs.20,000 crore due to steep rise in cultivation cost v.i.z. Bt.cotton seed ,fertilizer, pesticide and labor hence Bt.cotton failure which was reported in part of vidarbha and Marathawada now more reports of cotton crop failure is surfaced from khandesh and north Maharashtra and this crop failure will add fuel to on going agrarian crisis and Maharashtra farmers suicides number is likely to cross over 5000 this year in comparison to around 3500 last year which was highest in among all states of India as per record of NCRB ,Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti ,activist group working for rights of farmers since 1997 informed in press release today .
“This third year in row Bt.cotton failure is being reported last year Govt. of Maharashtra paid Rs.2000 crore to 4 million cotton farmers as relief compensation and this year too same situation which is forcing cotton farmers kill themselves .last year Bt.cotton failure was restricted to dry land farmers of Maharashtra but this year even progressive farmers who are having irrigation facility has severely effected with low yield of the Bt.cotton where as cost of cultivation in Maharashtra averaging out to be @ Rs.50,000/- per hector in comparison to Rs.30,000/- per hector of last year .Maharashtra is having Bt.cotton cultivation as per official record in 4.2 million which largest in all states but has been reported lowest cotton yield of around 5 quintal per hector since 2006 now new official estimates likely to report 3 quintal per hector which is returning around Rs.12000 per hector resulting in more than Rs.38,000 per hector net loss to debt trapped distressed farmers hence serious consideration and white paper on Maharashtra cotton farmer is must hence we are marching on 11th December to council hall in which thousands of farmers will participate along with hundreds of widows ” Tiwari added.
‘More than 5 million cotton farmers of Maharashtra demands Rs.20,000/- pr hector compensation for Bt.cotton failure ,fresh crop loan to every farmer for next khariff season and food security and free health and education to distressed debt trapped farmers along with work in each farmer field under MGREGA related land development, soil enrichment and watershed development hence this protest and we hope that state will come out relief package directly targeting dying farmers not benefiting contractors and corrupt politicians ’ Tiwari urged .
Friday, 16 November 2012
NAGPUR: Micha Peled, director of the internationally acclaimed documentary on Vidarbha's farmers 'Bitter Seeds', believes that Monsanto is one of the major culprits behind the plight of cotton cultivators of the region.
Peled's one-hour documentary tracks the lives of two Telantakli residents in Pandharkawda taluka of Yavatmal district - farmer Ram Krishna and Manjusha Aherwar, a wannabe journalist, whose farmer father had committed suicide. This documentary has won four awards and has been screened in various film festivals in different countries.
The director said in many countries the viewers of his film told him that their countries faced the same problem due to Monsanto. "In Vietnam, some bureaucrats told me about the damage being done to their country by Monsanto's genetically modified seeds."
Lamenting on government's apathy towards farmers, Peled said, "During the British Raj, Vidarbha was famous for its cotton. At that time there was no Bt cotton. Farmers used their own seeds. Now they buy seeds from private companies. The agents of these companies are the only people who provide advice to farmers. Obviously, the only aim of the agents is to increase the sale of their seeds. Monsanto does not tell them that Bt cotton is successful only in irrigated fields.
"It is government's job to provide seeds as well as advice to the farmers. Since 1991, the government has abrogated this responsibility. Globalization is okay for many sectors but it is disastrous for agriculture. In US, the smallest cotton farm is 1,200 acre whereas in India it is as small as one acre," Peled pointed out.
The film is the third in Peled's globalization trilogy. His other two films are - Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes To The Town, which explores consumers in United States and China Blue, which exposes the exploitation of workers in Chinese factories.
Peled was in Nagpur to attend a 'Meet the Press' programme organized by Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ). He then left for Hiwra Bazar, an agrarian crisis-hit village where Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) is screening his film. The documentary will be shown in fourteen villages of the region which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and members of Planning Commission had visited. It will also be shown in Telantakli
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Three more Vidarbha Farmers Suicides reported on the eve of “Diwali”
Nagpur-11th November 2012
The gloom and despair causing deep distress resulting in the spiral of debt trapped farmers suicides once again started as three more farmers suicides reported in vidarbha on the eve of “Diwali” festival which has started today with “Dhan-Teras” as main cash crop Bt.cotton in 4.2 million hector coupled with soybean in 1.8 million hector reported failed due to erratic rain and pest attack third year in row ,recent victim of agrarian crisis are
1.Champat Shendre of village Junapani in Wardha
2.Vasant Rathode of village Kinhala in Yavatmal
3.Mangesh More of village Virud in Chandrapur
Taking toll to 624 in year 2012 as per documentation done by Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti , convener Kishore Tiwari informed a press note.
“This year cultivation cost has almost double due unusual rise in prices of seed, fertilizer, pesticide and labour rate where as market prices of cash crop like cotton and soybean are being traded much lower than last year price and till date there is no intervention from the Govt. for procurement of these crop @ MSP even ministers announced but there is no set up for the same forcing farmers to offload crop at throw away price resulting in heavy financial losses where as per official report there is massive crop failure in the dry land region of vidarbha particularly rain sensitive crop like Bt.cotton and farmer’s needs another bailout healing touch in the are of credit restoration ,provisioning for next year cultivation and arrangement of food and health security to all debt trapped distressed families of vidarbha .MGREGS work has been completely stopped due to massive corruption of political leaders and babus hence farmers should be given direct employment under MGNREGS to work of their own field for water conservation, land surfacing ,soil quality improvement and sustainable crop management and education for socio-economic system restoration of vidarbha which has created lot social engineering problems due to on going despair distress hence we demand integrated solution much more complex agrarian crisis which unsolved since 2001 by changing policies and promotion wrong technology at one end and providing alternative solutions at ground level to stop this mass genocide of innocent vidarbha farmers” Tiwari added.
“The main focus of all political parties and civil society has been shifted from very serious issue of rural India and farmer suicide and agenda of 2014 national election is also getting shifted from the core issue India’s Agrarian crisis which has made rural economy venerable that is only reason even farmers are killing themselves all pillars of Indian democracy are keeping salient which is most unfortunate, we want urgent intervention hence this appeal” Tiwari added.