‘Farmers are not casino players’

‘Farmers are not casino players’

Micha X Peled, US-based Israeli filmmaker, has won 22 international awards for his globalisation trilogy, the last of which was a film on farmer suicides in Vidarbha, Bitter Seeds. He was recently in Vidarbha to screen the film in the village where it was shot, Tailang Takdi in Yavatmal, the heartland of farmer suicides. He talked to Aparna Pallavi. Excerpts

‘Let farmers decide the price’

‘Let farmers decide the price’

Mani Chinnaswamy’s contract farming model has prompted IIM graduates to study his Appachi formula. After all, it gives farmers the right to bargain the price of their produce with the buyer. Talking to Jyotika Sood, the entrepreneur shares the hurdles in the implementation of the formula and its potential to change farmers’ lives  

Is Bt cotton a success or failure?

Is Bt cotton a success or failure?

Participants attending conference to review Bt cotton call for extensive investigation into all aspects of cotton production before drawing conclusions

‘Farmers are not casino players’

‘Farmers are not casino players’

Micha X Peled, US-based Israeli filmmaker, has won 22 international awards for his globalisation trilogy, the last of which was a film on farmer suicides in Vidarbha, Bitter Seeds. He was recently in Vidarbha to screen the film in the village where it was shot, Tailang Takdi in Yavatmal, the heartland of farmer suicides. He talked to Aparna Pallavi. Excerpts

Author(s): Aparna Pallavi

‘Let farmers decide the price’

‘Let farmers decide the price’

Mani Chinnaswamy’s contract farming model has prompted IIM graduates to study his Appachi formula. After all, it gives farmers the right to bargain the price of their produce with the buyer. Talking to Jyotika Sood, the entrepreneur shares the hurdles in the implementation of the formula and its potential to change farmers’ lives  

Author(s): Jyotika Sood

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  • I was happy to read this news

    I was happy to read this news that High-end clothing brands are turning organic. I also agree to Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy for his comment that it is needed to give details on export of cotton and who are the beneficiaries -- farmers or politicians and or businessmen nexus.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 10 months ago | Reply
  • This is a good article

    This is a good article showing plus & minus of organic forming. In fact an initiative is required from government agency for sustainable development of India and public at large. Indeed scientists are not playing their role very honestly because of short-term gains. Unfortunate. More detailed research is needed. Orgainc farming will also help in saving our germplasm. Beleive it, in coming years every farmer might be forced to purchase every kind of seed at very high cost.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • But didn't the last article

    But didn't the last article in DTE quote someone saying say BCI was a bit of a hoax?
    i.e. the Cariappas from H.D.Kote?

    "What do you think about the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)?

    It is a complete deception. To know the truth about it find out which agencies are funding BCI. The funding agencies are idealistically hollow because they have to depend on corporate companies for money. I strongly believe the aim of BCI is to kill the organic movement and pave an easy way for GM crops and foods. At present, the only threat/opposition to GM crops in the field and market is the organic movement."

    http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/organic-cotton-production-and-consumption-should-become-second-swadeshi-movement

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • Good article. There is a need

    Good article.

    There is a need to present public what is the net profit under Bt-cotton, hybrid with irrigation, desi under rainfed after deduction from government input subsidies, loans, irrigation costs. Then only the real picture of loss or profit with new technologies will emerge.

    Also, there is a need to give details on export of cotton and who are the beneficiaries -- farmers or politicians and or businessmen nexus. Are the farmers getting minimum support price?

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
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