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New MSP for Kharif crops

खाद्य संप्रभुता बचेगी तभी होगा भारत आत्मनिर्भर छोटे किसानों के अधिकारों की सुरक्षा से ही महफूज रहेगा हर किसी के भोजन का अधिकार

(सरकार की ओर से हाल में पारित कराए गए तीन कृषि बिलों से देश की खाद्य संप्रभुता खतरे में पड़ गई है. इनसे खाद्य सुरक्षा के नियमन और इसके लिए जरूरी कानूनी ढांचे के टूटने की आशंका बढ़ गई है. यह ब्रीफिंग पेपर इसी मुद्दे से जुड़ा है) संसद में खेती-किसानी से जुड़े जो तीन…

Does the Constitution stand with our farmers and their rights? A closer look at safeguards available to the agricultural community

The country is presently engulfed in peaceful protests by farmers, a community that has largely known to be organised yet silent; a community that toils hard to drive the farming sector and to ensure food security for the countrymen. According to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural…

Why has India ratified but not yet adopted UN Resolution on farmers’ rights? Recently passed three farm bills have provisions that clash with international conventions

Corrigendum: A previous version of this report said that India had not signed up for or voted in favour of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. The error is deeply regretted. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas was…

No One Killed Our Farmers Farm labourers die after inhaling highly toxic fumes while spraying crops

The curious case of pesticide related farmer deaths in Eastern Maharashtra just got murkier. While 18 farmers have died and 800 others have been admitted to hospitals across Akola, Yavatmal, Buldhana, Amravati, Nagpur and Bhandara districts, it has now come to light that most of these deaths were preventable. The farmers died from poisoning due…

Plugging the Loopholes: Pesticide Deaths in Vidarbha Part 3 of our investigation reveals deaths caused by failure to train farmers in proper methods of spraying

In our previous stories concerning deaths of farmers due to toxic spray of pesticides like Monocil containing harmful phosphoric components like Monocrotophos, we investigated how the deaths occurred due to the availability of highly toxic and hazardous pesticides in the market and a flourishing pesticide industry combined with a largely unregulated market. We also discussed…

Allowed to Breathe Poison in Vidarbha

Allowed to Breathe Poison in Vidarbha Part 2 of our investigation reveals lacunae in the system that leads to pesticide poisoning deaths

In our previous story concerning pesticide related deaths in Vidarbha, we illustrated how the deaths were preventable and occurred only due to the apathy and callousness of authorities that should have done a better job regulating the quality and sale of pesticides in the state. We also demonstrated how various authorities washed their hands off…

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