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THOUSANDS OF FARMERS DEMONSTRATE IN DELHI AGAINST GM CROPS, ANTI-FARMING POLICES

Source : http://www.navdanya.org/blog/?p=2079

Source: http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php/news/archive/2015-articles/16008

Thousands of farmers have taken to the streets in a Kisan Maha Panchayat (farmer meeting) in Delhi, India, in protest at the Modi government’s anti-farmer policies, which include uncritically promoting open field trials of GM crops.

There is some speculation in India that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition, led by Narendra Modi (now prime minister), may have come to power with the help of generous funding of their election campaign by the GMO lobby. It is said that this may explain their conversion to the pro-GMO cause.

Though there appears to be little transparency in political funding in India, we hope the Modi government will move to allay fears of corruption by publishing full details of its election campaign funding.

1000s of farmers decide to stay put in Kisan Maha Panchayat on Parliament Street in Delhi

Farmer’s World, 18 Mar 2015

http://bhartiyakisanunion.blogspot.in/2015/03/1000s-of-farmers-decide-to-stay-put-in.html

* Farmer Unions launch massive agitation against NDA’s anti-farmer policies

Major farmer unions of India affiliated with the All India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (AICCFM) have launched a massive agitation against NDA’s anti-farmer policies, and to seek a resolution to several burning issues pertaining to farm livelihoods, on March 18th 2015 through a Kisan Maha Panchayat in the heart of India’s capital.

Thousands of farmers have resolved to stay put on Parliament Street in India’s capital until the government engages them in a dialogue to resolve various burning issues. Anti-farmer measures through the Land Acquisition Ordinance, recent report of Shanta Kumar High Level Committee on restructuring FCI, the mindless push by the government of GM crops, lack of fair and remunerative prices for farm produce, demand for a farm income commission, removing agriculture from free trade agreements including WTO, adequate disaster relief for farmers etc., are issues on the agenda of these farm unions.

The acute farm distress in India, marked by unabated farm suicides was flagged as a matter that needs urgent addressal. It is reported that during the NDA Government since May 2014, more than 7000 farmers have committed suicide. The government, instead of increasing Budget allocation to deal with the agrarian crisis, has drastically reduced agriculture budget drastically from around 31 thousand crore in 2014-15 to around 25 thousand crores in 2015-16. In fact, the budget outlays for Dept of Agriculture and Cooperation as well as for animal husbandry and fisheries are down to the levels of budgetary allocations five years ago!

To protest against various anti-farmer policies, and to secure some long pending demands that will guarantee minimum living incomes to all farm households, thousands of farmers from all over India have congregated at the Kisan Maha Panchayat on Parliament Street in the heart of the capital today (March 18th 2015).

All the unions threatened to step up their agitation if the Ordinance-routed dilutions to the Land Acquisition Act of 2013 were not rolled back by the government. “In the current debate unfolding in the Parliament, we are watching out for those political parties which are ready to sacrifice farmers’ interests as well as the food security interests of the country, in their mindless support for the industry. We would like to warn them that they will have to face increased opposition from citizens who are fighting for their basic right to livelihood.

Even a preliminary prima facie analysis shows that at least 50% of the tens of lakhs of hectares that have been acquired in the name of land banks, industrial corridors, freight corridors, highways, airports and so on have remained unallotted or unutilized for the stated purpose – given that the average Indian farm household has just around one hectare of landholding, this means dispossession of lakhs of farmers straightaway, and this is totally unacceptable. In such a scenario, protecting farmers’ interests without diluting consent and comprehensive impact assessment clauses in law becomes critical”.

Shri Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, President, BKU Punjab said that various moves by the government in the past few months belie the BJP promises before elections that emphasized on increase in farmers’ income with an acknowledgement that agriculture is the largest employer in India. “Whether it is the reported plans to dismantle the current procurement system in the country in the name of a High Level Committee report for restructuring FCI or the lack of any moves to announce MSPs that give a margin of at least 50% over cost of cultivation, it is apparent that this government is not committed to reviving agriculture or securing sustainable dignified incomes to farm households. We demand that the MSP should be at least 50% over cost of production, and that procurement systems in the country be strengthened further and not weakened in any way. We need a system which will create a win-win for food security of consumers and livelihood security of farmers”, he said.

Speaking to media persons, Shri Rakesh Tikait, National Spokesperson, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) demanded that the Government should set up a Farm Income Commission to guarantee minimum living incomes to all farm households. While such living incomes can be ensured through adequate, fair and remunerative price decisions coupled with procurement and other market intervention mechanisms, there is also a need to compensate for losses due to various natural calamities including wild animal attacks on crops. He also demanded that all arrears due to sugarcane farmers should be paid immediately and the same recovered later from the sugar industry.

“The government is exhibiting its pro-industry stance by pushing for unneeded, unwanted and unsafe GMOs in our farming. We want all open air field trials of GM crops stopped immediately in the country since such open air trials pose not only a risk of contamination but also risk of trade rejection. Further, any moves towards trade liberalization in agriculture whether through the WTO route or through free trade agreements are unacceptable to us. FTAs such as Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and EU India FTA will lead to slashing of agricultural tariff and allowing import of cheap subsidised foods which would further depress farmgate prices and drastically impact farmers’ livelihood.

The issues with Agreement on Agriculture are not limited to just MSP and procurement but the fact that we are getting priced out due to unfair and cleverly-camouflaged subsidies elsewhere. This is now a well-understood issue and the government has to ensure that AoA is removed from the WTO and that all FTAs being negotiated by the government should immediately drop any agriculture-related clauses”, said Shri Yudhvir Singh, Convenor of the All India Coordination Committee of Indian Farmers Movements.

It is important to note that these farmer unions are not affiliated with any political party and farmers affiliated with these unions have come from far and wide, spending their own resources, to get their voice heard with the government and to assert their rights.

Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2015

PERMACULTURE: FIVE THINGS THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO PUBLICIZE THE CONVERGENCE

(1)      Renewable energy – passive and active

Green building: How can passive and active systems work together?

The debating chamber building for the National Assembly of Wales – the Senedd – was officially inaugurated in March 2006. The design approach is an interesting example of how to create a building that naturally responds to the dynamics of the local environment on the one hand; while ensuring it’s possible to use a selection of renewables – geothermal and biomass in this case – on the other.

(2)     Gray water and rainwater catchment

Graywater reuse may not be a permissible use of water under a domestic well permit or a community water supply system.
Rainwater harvesting is the process of intercepting storm-water runoff and putting it to beneficial use.
In most areas of Colorado, the most common way to use rainwater is to direct roof gutter downspouts to landscape areas you wish to water.
The state of Colorado allows limited collection and use of precipitation from residential property rooftops in cases where the landowner uses or is entitled to only certain types of well permits to use well water for their domestic nonpotable water supply.

(3)     Soil regeneration and land restoration

Land Regeneration Techniques

Environmental Issues

Mechanical degradation of the soil is a consequence of movement and visit of animals, either directly by trampling (surface compacting of the soil), or indirectly as a result of partial or total disappearance of plant cover (wind and water erosion). Mechanical degradation of the soil is produced in areas much frequented by livestock, but is particularly worrying in areas subject to major climatic constraints, especially sub-arid areas. This is one of the causes of desertification.

Objectives

One is attempting to restore or increase the water content of soils, and thus watering of plants by improving the structure of these soils and reduction of rain water run-off. Several means are adopted:

-Breaking up the surface of the soil.
-Creation of a certain roughness of the soil, thus creating micro-reliefs.
-Establishment or maintenance of plant cover.
-Control of animal load.

It goes without saying that the causes of degradation should be reduced or eliminated, i.e. manage and control the animal load.

This technique enables regeneration of natural grass and tree vegetation, in all their botanic diversity. This vegetation should be considered part of the biological activity of the soil, as a mechanical protector of that soil and a provider of biomass and forage

(4)     Food forest, trees and garden design

Let’s explore the edible forest gardening idea in some detail. The forest gardening vision leads us to explore forest ecology. Forest ecology is the basis for effective design and practice. This synopsis not only explains the fundamentals of forest gardening, but its structure parallels the contents of the two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens by Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier.

(5)     Urban apartment permaculture and more !

Capture the energy of sunlight. Do you have windows with decent sun exposure? Then look into window gardening! For example, this neat hydroponic window farms initiative, developed through open-source collaboration, requires minimum space and no soil. Or you can experiment with other kinds of DIY designs using plastic bottles.

मरुस्थलीकरण के कारण

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रेगिस्तान के कारणों को समझने के लिए किसानों को शिक्षित करना , आदमी को प्रेरित करना .

1 – शुष्क विषय क्षेत्रों में सार्वजनिक भूमि पर अतिरिक्त पशुधन को बनाए रखना

2 – गहरी जुताई द्वारा पौधा पेड़ की भूमि को कवर विनाश का हटाया जाना .

3 – इन दिनों सूखा जानवरों जैसे ऊंट या खच्चरों / घोड़े की तरफ थोड़ा कम ध्यान दिया जा रहा है जिसको को भले ही एक दिन के लिए दे , नियमित दें !

4 – मिट्टी संबंधी विषयों में मनुष्यों की भूमिका की कम समझ के कारण ! नमी बनाए रखने और उर्वरक के बजाय अन्यों का प्रयोग ताकि मिट्टी का क्षय न हो ! पशु खाद के रूप में क्षेत्र का उपयोग करने के लिए .

5 – पानी और हवा के कारण मिट्टी और रेत के कटाव से सतत नुकसान .

6 – ट्रैक्टरों उपयोग गहरे रेगिस्तान में करना. इस पूरे क्षेत्र भर में गोल आवरण का विनाश है.

7 – मुख्य कारण कम पोषण , जिसके परिणामस्वरूप कम बाजार मूल्य और खराब स्वास्थ्य नतीजा सामने आ जाता है ! बारहमासी पौधा की भूमि को कवर की हानि, गुणवत्ता नष्ट होती जा रही है . पशुओं के पोषण की मुश्किल हो गया है .

8 – मृदा संरचना और सामंजस्य गंभीर रूप से पहाड़ी मिट्टी bresult कटाव पर भारी ट्रैक्टर के पारित होने के द्वारा बदल दिया है .

9 – कारण संयंत्र और पेड़ कवर की कमी , बीज , फसलों के छोटे परागण , कम पैदावार , कम बाजार मूल्य को biodiversity कम .

10 -. परिणाम हवा कटाव , उच्च वाष्पीकरण अधिक कम वर्षा – सीमित पेड़ कवर की वजह से Inorared हवा की गति .

11 – तेजी से बड़े क्षेत्रों ट्रेक्टर और भर्ती फसलों के बाजार मूल्य के तहत लाया जाता है क्योंकि अधिशेष की आपूर्ति के लिए कम है .

12 – द्वारा स्वास्थ्य समस्याओं की सरकार और गरीब ज्ञान से उच्च उपज दूध बकरी breading के लिए कोई ध्यान . किसान चरवाहे . पशु चिकित्सा कार्यकर्ताओं बहुत कुछ कर रहे हैं .

13 – वन विभाग गंभीर सामाजिक जरूरत नहीं है. क्षेत्र में वानिकी गतिविधियों यह राजस्थान में अच्छा पेड़ नर्सरी शेयर सबसे रेगिस्तान प्रजातियों के पेड़ के माध्यम से प्रकट होता है.

CAUSES OF DESERTIFICATION

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Educate farmers to understand the causes of desert, man induced

01 – Excess livestock maintained on public lands in arid topic areas

02 – Removal of ground cover destruction of sapling trees by deep ploughing.

03 – Little attention now a days to drought animals such camels or mules/horses.

04 – Little understanding of the role of humans in the soil profile to retain moisture and use of area as fertilizer instead of animal manure so impoverishing soil.

05 – Continuous loss of soil and sand to water and wind erosion.

06 – The use of tractors deep plough sandy desert soil has resulted is the destruction of round cover across the whole region.

07 – Loss of ground cover of perennials has  impoverished the nutrition of livestock – result poor health due to reduced nutrition, low market value resulting.

08 – Soil structure and cohesion is severely altered by passage of heavy tractors on hill soil bresult erosion.

09 – Reduced biodiversity due to reduction of plant and tree cover, smaller pollination of seeds, crops, lower yields, less market value.

10 – Inourared wind speed due to limited tree cover – result wind erosion, high evaporation plus low precipitation.

11 – Increasingly large areas are brought under the tractor and the market value of recruiting crops is reduced because of surplus supply.

12 – No attention to breading of high yield milk goats by the government and poor knowledge of health problems by peasant pastorals. Veterinary workers are very few.

13 – Forestry department does not have serious social. Forestry activities in the region it appears through good tree nurseries stock most desert tree species in Rajasthan.

OUR ORGANIZATION

JAISALMER GREEN BELT PROJECT

Jaisalmer the golden city is situated on a limestone massif and surrounded by extremely arid desert, a mecca to tourists from across the world its peaceful relaxed atmosphere economic prices and small family hotels have guaranteed an excellent holiday to visitors free from city hassle.

The Greening Jaisalmer Society is devoted to a stable quality environment has noticed the barren almost treeless landscapes, lack of parks and public amenity space safe for children to enjoy playing with parents, this is due to a lack of tree cover mainly and it is the good idea of our new organization to introduce the young and their elders to an improved natural environment thought volunteer tree planting in full cooperation with the forest department and the municipal authorities and progressive business.

Jaisalmer is at the heart of the great Thar desert and it will act as a green beacon of hope that we may reverse the worldwide decline of natural resources, by making this city and its surroundings an example of beauty and pleasant tree lined roads and parks. We look forward to cooperation with schools, the city administration and the forest department who are also doing such valuable works across Rajasthan desert.

WELCOME TO THE GREENING JAISALMER SOCIETY

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Our actions :

The actions of our  Non Governmental Organization go mainly to 4 activities :

The first is the development of our nursery located in Jaisalmer. The protection of biodiversity is one of our main objectives, we collect and multiply our plants from organic seeds. For a year we planted hundreds of plants in our nursery. This place is also a meeting place where locals and guests can learn and share their knowledge of the nature. We create several compost systems and people are always surprised to see thousands of worms in this desert area.

The second is the launch of an ecological farm located 28 km from Jaisalmer. This project is managed by Mohan and his wife Jeti. This friendly couple welcomes every week volunteers from around the world who wish to practice agriculture based on the principles of Permaculture, including statement by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. These volunteers work a few hours a day in exchange for 3 meals and 3 daily chai. The rest of the time they can walk in this wild place, on foot or camel farm and discover the life of local people.

The third action is helping farmers in the region who wish to free themselves of modern agriculture based on monoculture and the heavy use of chemicals. We offer them assistance from the Permaculture design their site, trying to integrate various resources until the establishment of trees from our nursery. Our educational work is important to explain the profits of a transition to a more diversified agriculture less dependent on weather conditions.

The fourth mission is to sensitize population, in particularly children, about the importance of the trees on this region. The greening Jaisalmer Society is now actively promoting environmental awareness in the schools of this beautiful city in the desert. We are all aware of the scarcity of trees and water but we have an opportunity here to make a real contribution as environmental activists and volunteers to making permanent improvements to the quality of life here at Jaisalmer. With the help of our volunteers, we want help the Jaisalmer’s tree planting service with plantings our own trees along main thoroughfares about the fortress. We hope also to reach children with the importance of ecology and the save of biodiversity. We develop activities with the schools for developing schools gardens and planting trees around children’s houses.

OUR ACTION PLAN

Any help is welcome. If you have time, you are welcome on our various sites. You have the possibility to stay in our guest house next to our nursery (near Punjab National Bank, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan).
If you do not have time but want to help us in our projects, you can send us a donation at:

IFSC Code: PUNB0390500
Account No: 3905001700000876 INR

For more information, you can contact us at:
e-mail: greeningjaisalmer@gmail.com
Fb: / greeningjaisalmer
Telephone No: +91 9001234877, +91 8875546807