THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
26 November 2014
AGRICULTURE REFORMS
Can farmers look ahead to “acche din” as well?

Narendra Modi’s attention to the woes and plight of farmers during election campaigning has raised a lot of hope for improvement among members of the beleaguered community, but can he deliver? Devinder Sharma presents an 11-point prescription for turning the agricultural sector around.

Agriculture Economy Government Devinder Sharma

GM CONTROVERSY
Seeds of doubt
The effect of GM crops on food, agriculture and farmers continues to be highly controversial, polarising scientists and policy-makers alike. Darryl D'Monte outlines some of the recent turns in the debate to show that the truth, perhaps, lies somewhere in between.
GM Crops Agriculture Poverty

SUICIDES IN CHHATISGARH
"Only the idiots are committing suicide"
In Chhatisgarh's Durg district, there is no shortage of farmers who have taken their lives - the district ranks second in the state on this count. But equally, there is no shortage of those who don't see these suicides. Shubhranshu Choudhary reports.
Agriculture CHHATISGARH
RELIEF PACKAGE AUDIT
CAG report slams Vidarbha waiver package
The Comptroller and Auditor General's audit of relief packages for Vidarbha's farmers finds that they were tardy in implementation, mindless in conceptualisation and "inconsistent with local needs." The state government has skirted debate. Jaideep Hardikar on the indictment.
Public Funds Relief Government MAHARASHTRA

VIDARBHA CRISIS
Steep health costs pushing farmers to the brink
Rising health costs are proving disastrous for Vidarbha's farmers already under severe distress. Debt due to spiraling medical expenditures is worse than the illness itself for many, and the state government's health infrastructure is not helping, reports Jaideep Hardikar.
Health MAHARASHTRA

IN PICTURES: 2 OCTOBER RALLY
Our food, our farmers
The Association for India’s Development (AID) celebrated Gandhi Jayanti (2 October) this year with an “Our Food, Our Farmers” global vigil organised at 18 locations across India and 39 locations in the United States. An IN-PICTURES feature.
Agriculture Environment

FARMER SUICIDES
When the one who dies is a woman
Are the pressures which make male farmers commit suicide the same for women farmers as well? Socially, legally, with respect to property rights, and given their family positions, women are placed in situations strikingly different from those of men. Aparna Pallavi reports.
Agriculture MAHARASHTRA

VIDARBHA AGRI CRISIS
Life on credit, death in installments
Four years, three men, one family. The tragedy unleashed by the agrarian crisis on the family of Deshmukhs in Katyar village of Vidarbha isn’t vanishing. Jaideep Hardikar reports.
Vidarbha Agriculture MAHARASHTRA

ACCESS TO CREDIT
Empty fields stare at farm widows
In Vidarbha, widowed women farmers have been hit hard by lack of viable farm credit. Quite a lot of women find themselves unable to carry out farm work in the absence of credit. Caught between fear and despair, their options are limited. Aparna Pallavi reports.
Agriculture MAHARASHTRA

RELIEF PACKAGES
Vidarbha's one-litre-per-cow package
By the Maharashtra government's own count, the 14,221 high-breed cows it gave farmers in Vidarbha add just 1.16 litres each to the milk collection in the region. These cows have cost already indebted farmers over Rs.7.5 crore. P Sainath reports.
OP-ED P Sainath

FARMING WIDOWS
Weaving a life in Anantapur
Families left behind by farmers who committed suicide face up to the odds, fighting for survival so that the next generation might do better. As one farm widow puts it, "it is all for the children, sir. Our time has gone". P Sainath reports.
OP-ED P Sainath ANDHRA
FARMER SUICIDES
And meanwhile in Vidarbha
There have been some 250 farm suicides in just the first three months of this year. Things could be a lot worse after June. And, as always, the farm suicides are a symptom of the crisis, not its cause. They are its outcome, not its engine, writes P Sainath.
OP-ED P Sainath

VIDARBHA SAGA
Cooking numbers as agri-volcano builds up
Using a deviously devised method, Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh is claiming that 75 per cent of Vidarbha farmer suicides are not due to indebtedness at all. Meanwhile, the toll has crossed 250 this year and is rising. Jaideep Hardikar reports.
Vidarbha Agriculture Agriculture Policy MAHARASHTRA
 

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