October 15, 2010

Kisan Swaraj Yatra asserts need for Seed Sovereignty: Makes a bonfire of GM seeds in Jalna

Jalna (Maharashtra)/New Delhi, October 15, 2010: On the eve of the World Food Day and on the thirteenth day of its pan-Indian outreach tour on “Food, Farmers & Freedom”, Kisan Swaraj Yatra reached Jalna in Maharashtra today and members asserted the need for seed sovereignty as an integral part of food security and sovereignty in the country. Here, hundreds of farmers and activists made a bonfire of GM seeds and protested against corporations like Mahyco, one of Monsanto’s arms in India. More...

October 14th 2010: Kisan Swaraj Yatra goes through the region that exemplifies rural distress in India

We interacted with farmers, media and agriculture scientists in Vidarbha today. After attending a 4.45 am prayer at Bapu Kuti in Sevagram, we set off for Akola town. After reaching Akola, we headed straight for Dr Punjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth. Here, we met with the Dean Dr E.R. Patil, who listened to our brief presentation in the Kisan Swaraj Yatra and also to the delegation’s request to the Agriculture University to work on straight line varieties only and to not take up any GM research. More...

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