Shrouded in secrecy, a new bill for pesticide management coming to parliament soon

By Hridayesh Joshi* India’s pesticide sector is governed by a more than 50-year-old law. A new pesticide management bill is expected to be introduced in the parliament during the ongoing session. Many pesticides that are dangerous for human life and the environment, which have been banned across the world, are still sold in India. Thousands of … Continue reading Shrouded in secrecy, a new bill for pesticide management coming to parliament soon

Jharkhand farmers’ innovative way to reduce rotting of potatoes

By Deepanwita Gita Niyogi Two- and three-tier bamboo structures are being made by farmers to store potatoes for a longer period of time. Earlier, farmers used to spread harvested potatoes under beds and cots, resulting in blight disease as well as wrinkling and shrivelling of their precious produce. These structures have helped reduce rotting to a … Continue reading Jharkhand farmers’ innovative way to reduce rotting of potatoes

UNDROP’s implementation depends on strength of local rural people’s movement

Statement by the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), which is involved in studying studying, analyzing and advocating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in the Rural Areas (UNDROP), on UNDROP's anniversary: On 18 December 2018, the 73rd United Nations (UN) General Assembly Session in New York adopted the … Continue reading UNDROP’s implementation depends on strength of local rural people’s movement

EC clearance to Ultratech contrary to dictum: Limestone underground helps land remain fertile

Gujarat Khedut Ekta Manch president Sagar Rabari’s letter to the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India, seekingcancelation of the Environment Clearance certificate granted to M/s Ultratech Cement Ltd for Talli and Bambhor village in Bhavnagar District, Gujarat:  Reference your communication dated 5th January, 2017 to M/s. Ultratech Cement Ltd, as … Continue reading EC clearance to Ultratech contrary to dictum: Limestone underground helps land remain fertile

How farmers have become direct beneficiaries of sustainable zero tillage intervention in Bihar

By Amba Mukherjee* India has always been known as a country of farmers, and it is true as presently more than half the population depends directly or indirectly on agriculture i.e. agriculture contributed 23% of GDP and employed 59% of the country's total workforce in 2016. There is undoubtedly a wide gap between population dependency … Continue reading How farmers have become direct beneficiaries of sustainable zero tillage intervention in Bihar

Toxic debate rages on over cultivation ban on ‘poor man’s pulse’: Political will needed to take a stand

By Kanchan Srivastava Sale and storage of grass-pea is banned by the government of India since 1961 following reports that it contained a neurotoxin causing paralysis of lower limbs. It is still being cultivated in flood-prone, semi-arid and underdeveloped regions as it grows in drought as well as water-logged condition, consumed among poor as it … Continue reading Toxic debate rages on over cultivation ban on ‘poor man’s pulse’: Political will needed to take a stand