CAMEL HERDING
Pastoralists' path to livelihoods blocked

The subsistence economy of camel herders in Rajasthan has been hit hard by travel restrictions. Even after the withdrawal of these, demand for camel-derived products has not yet revived. 

#Livelihoods #Economy #RAJASTHAN
FIGHT FOR AMRUT MAHAL KAVAL
Diversion of forest land denounced
FIGHT FOR AMRUT MAHAL KAVAL : Diversion of forest land denounced

The grant of close to 10000 acres of forest land in Chitradurga district for non-forestry purposes threatens the ecology as well as the means of subsistence of local communities, leading irate villagers to decide to boycott the impending State Assembly elections. Malini Shankar reports.

#Forests #Environment #KARNATAKA
ECONOMY/DIARY FARMING
Scientists bless betelnut leaves for cattle fodder

It has been known informally for long. But recently, animal nutrition scientists announced that areca leaf sheath fodder can replace paddy straw. This is timely, since paddy straw supply has been declining, notes Shrikrishna D.

#Agriculture #KARNATAKA
AGRI CRISIS
Relief cows are milking Vidarbha farmers

The Maharashtra government claims that a huge transformation is taking place in Vidarbha; the milk collection has risen 37 per cent. Distressed farmers, who were given the 'princely' cows as relief, feel otherwise. Jaideep Hardikar does a reality check.

#Agriculture #Relief #MAHARASHTRA
MIGRANT LIVESTOCK
Will herders be heard?
MIGRANT LIVESTOCK : Will herders be heard?

Tending livestock is difficult enough for settled communities, but for migrants the hardships are even worse. Without formal laws providing them access to water or feed, they must continually negotiate these, or bribe forest officials to obtain passage rights. Surekha Sule reports on recent studies highlighting their woes.

#Water #Agriculture