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Thousands benefit from vegetable farming in Bangladesh
Feb 01, 2010 The homestead vegetables gardens have helped more than 15,000 families of 150 villages in northwestern Bangladesh overcome poverty and achieve economic self-reliance. Earlier most of them were living in abject poverty in the erosion-prone sandy chars.
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India's farm sector fails to get sufficient attention
Mar 30, 2010 Indian farmers are plagued with various challenges related to degraded soil, depleted ground water and stagnant crop yields. Even the prosperous ones are complaining of smaller or stagnated yields due to the liberal use of synthetic fertilisers and the shift in government policies to land and water mining.
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India: Coke plant leaves farms dry
Apr 02, 2010 Since a Coca-Cola bottling plant opened up at Kala Dera in Rajasthan the water table in the semi-arid land has declined significantly, according to a study by India’s Central Ground Water Board. Farmers claim a disaster-like situation has been created, reducing their land to dust.
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Rural livelihoods project brings respite to Bihar's poor
Apr 16, 2010 The Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project, known as JEEViKA, supported by World Bank is aimed at mobilising farmers into SHGs, freeing them from the clutches of local moneylenders and empowering them to retrieve assets, credit and social services such as food and health security. Women have been the biggest beneficiaries.
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Suicides continue alongside intense GM debate
May 25, 2010 On the issue of Genetically Modified seeds, grounds remain divided as critics accuse GM cotton seeds of spiraling farming costs while supporters praise them for higher productivity. However, the rising number of farmer suicides in Vidarbha calls for immediate attention.
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Kerala faces grim food scarcity
Jun 04, 2010 With the gap between production and requirement of food grain widening every year, Kerala’s food scene is turning gloomy. The steeping increase in food prices indicates the state’s large dependence on other states and an urgent need of a mechanism to face the imminent food crisis.
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Continuing drought shrivels hopes
Jan 15, 2010 Increasing spells of dryness for five consecutive years has adversely affected the farming community in India’s north-east. With agricultural production in decline and government run irrigation projects on hold, marginal peasants and their families are turning to other income sources.
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Hill women turn entrepreneurs in India
Jan 18, 2010 Rural women engaged with self-help groups in a north Indian village are the new faces of cooperative business. Starting as a single group, these women went on to set up many agro-eco-based income-generation initiatives, trading surplus food items to local markets, as well as in big cities.
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Bangladeshi farmers exposed to poisonous pesticides
Jan 19, 2010 According to the latest health bulletin, using chemicals on crops without taking proper protective measures has led to thousands of poisonous deaths in Bangladesh. Scientists report that many farmers do not dispose the empty pesticide containers, instead routinely recycle them.
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India’s war on itself
Jun 09, 2011 Corporate land grabs for mines, factories and real estate are destroying India’s rural livelihoods, food security and ecology, warns physicist and eco-activist Vandana Shiva, as she argues in favour of a strong land conservation policy.
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Scarce labour sends wages through the roof in Bhutan
Aug 14, 2012 Blame it on development, rural to urban migration or anything else, but the farms are facing increasing shortage of labour. The labour demand in the booming construction industry is seen as contributing to the shortage of labour on the farms. The shortage of labour on the farms is fuelling the increasing labour cost in the villages.
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Minister asks seed companies to reach out to small farmers
Aug 17, 2012 Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Harish Rawat has called upon public sector seed companies to reach out to small farmers in the interiors of the country and provide them with good quality seeds.
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Water problems mount for South Asian farmers
Aug 22, 2012 The lack of rains in large, monsoon-dependent, agricultural areas of South Asia has compounded concerns expressed in a recent report about an impending global water crisis and its detrimental impact on agriculture.
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Superweeds, superpests and superprofits
Sep 23, 2011 New research by Navdanya and the US Union of Concerned Scientists has shown that genetically engineered crops haven't increased yields, writes environmentalist Vandana Shiva. Even worse is the damage to public health, ecosystems and farmer's independence.
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Greenpeace and Farmers welcome Government’s plan to shift subsidy from chemical fertilizers to ecological fertilization
May 17, 2012 Greenpeace India, which has been running a sustained campaign for the promotion of ecological fertilisers that protect soil health, has welcomed the Government’s plan to shift subsidies from chemical fertilizers to support ecological fertilization. Farmer leaders from various part of the country also applauded the step, after Sharad Pawar the Union Agriculture Minister informed the Parliament about the Government’s plan.
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Indian president launches SMS portal for farmers
Jul 17, 2013 Through this new initative, farmers can get agriculture related information and advisories as per their needs and location in their own language.
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India:Marginal farmers get access to electric irrigation
Jul 31, 2012 A study supported by International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, has revealed that in water-abundant West Bengal, price-based reforms reduced costs for tube well owners but increased them for small farmers buying water. However, recommendations from the study to reduce red tape and costs for small farmers of acquiring electric pumps were adopted by the state government.
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Nepal’s farmers not gaining from research: experts
Aug 09, 2012 Farmers in Nepal are not benefiting from agricultural research, policy experts have warned. Agriculture contributes up to 35 per cent of Nepal’s national wealth or gross domestic product (GDP), and supports the livelihood of over 60 per cent of its largely rural people, but farming research receives little attention.
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Nepal: Government follows farmers lead on seed-banks
Sep 08, 2011 As the impacts of climate change make farming in Nepal even harder, women farmers left short-handed by the migration of their husbands and sons are reverting to local crop varieties and setting up cooperative seed banks.
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Sweet scent of success in Srinagar
Sep 29, 2011 With the global market in medicinal and aromatic plants expanding rapidly and climate change making it unprofitable to grow traditional crops, lavender cultivation is offering a viable alternative to Kashmiri farmers in north India.
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Diversifying livelihoods
Sep 09, 2009 Farm ponds for water, fish and livelihoods a publication of FAO highlights the need for integrated farming system to increase income. It stresses on the need for diversifying livelihood for smallholders to bring in multiple benefits and lead to farmer empowerment.
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India and China promote dry land farming
Dec 07, 2009 India and China have collaborated to launch an initiative that promotes farming in unproductive dry lands making the best research evidence accessible to farmers. This programme has devised methods that entail the use of local natural resources.
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A bitter harvest for the women of Punjab
Dec 18, 2009 The ubiquitous picture of the smiling Punjabi farmer, seen on calendars and hoardings, presents itself like a cruel joke to those women whose farmer husbands committed suicides. It is these women who have come to bear a huge burden of managing the fatherless families, writes Ranjana Padhi.
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'Yet another budget crafted for, and by corporate farmers'
Mar 03, 2010 Budget 2010-11 does not deliver directly to the citizens everything that they need. Instead it creates an enabling ethos, writes P. Sainath award winning Indian development journalist. He argues, by exposing the corporate kleptocrats, experts have quickly balanced the pro-farmer claims by the Finance minister and media.
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Dutch PM bats for farmer owned joint businesses
Jun 05, 2015 Farmers’ ownership of agri-biz value chains can solve food insecurity and rural poverty in India, proves Indo-Dutch initiative.
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TV serial enriches farmers' lives in Bangladesh
Jul 01, 2009 Jiboner Jolchobi, a new television series aired on mainstream channel in Bangladesh, is equipping farmers with useful information and technologies to boost agricultural production. The programme focuses on food processing, savings and credit systems, grassroots services and disaster risk reduction.
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E-dairy boosting Lankan economy
Nov 09, 2009 Sri Lanka’s dairy farmers are making use of web and mobile technologies to achieve self sufficiency in milk production. User-friendly touch screen computer and SMS services have been introduced to lure young entrepreneurs to the business.
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Bhutan launches mobile infosystem for farmers
Jan 13, 2010 The launch of the advanced mobile-based information system last week will boost the local farmers income, by helping them find the right place to sell their farm produce in Bhutan. Providing access to information in four languages, it reads out to the caller a range of prices.
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Distressed Indian farmers sign suicide pact
Jul 02, 2009 After four years of drought, 5,000 farmers in Indian state of Jharkhand have signed a suicide pact. They are complaining that government is not taking any steps to improve their conditions and has in fact turned a blind eye to their plight.
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Ecological farming practices for drought regions
Jul 19, 2010 Greenpeace International's recent publication Ecological farming: Drought Resistant Agriculture discusses effective ways to a more stabilised farming against erratic rainfall patterns. The fact that areas being worst hit are already poor on food security emphasises the need for drought resistant agricultural practices to adapt to the changing climate.
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