KISAN SWARAJ YATRA PERFORMS “SHARAD PAWAR SADBUDDHI YAGNA”
Delhi/Bhopal, October 10, 2010: After reaching Bhopal on the 8th day of its 71-day outreach tour, Kisan Swaraj Yatra performed “Sharad Pawar Sadbuddhi Yagna”, praying for good sense for the Union Agriculture Minister of India, so that he may immediately address the issue of agrarian crisis in the country. Hundreds of farmers and consumers from different parts of Madhya Pradesh joined members of the Kisan Swaraj Yatra at Shahjahani Park in Bhopal today for this Yagna. More...
October 9th 2010: Kisan Swaraj Yatra visits zero-budget farms of Rajendra Singh Baghel; Hundreds of farmers in Sonkatch embrace the messages of the Yatra
First about the fantastic organic lunch, sitting under amla trees in the zero-budget farm of Shri Rajendra Singh Baghel in Sonkatch, next to a highway. The Yatris were touched by the ambience, the warmth, the fantastic food (the kadhi was so good that we started downing several katoris each) – we felt that the Yatra’s message is finally complete – living close to Nature and eating non-toxic food.More...
OCTOBER 8th: YATRA REACHES INDORE CITY IN MADHYA PRADESH
We were welcomed with much dancing and slogan-shouting by young social work students as soon as we entered the campus of Barli Grameen Mahila Vikas Sanghatan. Many activists, social workers, senior agriculture scientists and technocrats from Indore were present in addition to more than 150 students and trainees of the host organization. Tribal girls were seen busy cooking food for us on solar-powered stoves and in solar cookers. More...
Oct 9th 2010 in the Kisan Swaraj Yatra
8.30 am to 11 am – visit to Shri Rajendra Singh Baghel’s natural farm. 11.30 am to 3.30 pm – Meeting with... Read More
OCTOBER 7th: 3 DISTRICTS OF MP COVERED IN 3 EVENTS (Jhabua, Dhar, Ujjain)
“Badnagar citizens promise to take the message of the Kisan Swaraj Yatra to 110 villages in the coming days even as the Yatra moves on” “Sarangi village panchayat will promote ecological farming with its farmers” Bright yellows, oranges and greens – the turbans of the farmers who were attending the weekly haat (village market) in Sarangi village were standing out bright and brilliant. Women were out in great numbers too, not just purchasing things but also selling various assorted things starting from agricultural implements like sickles to vegetables and clothes. Our slogans which summed up the messages and mood of the Kisan Swaraj Yatra were greeted with vigorous nods by farmers and shrill shouts from a sizeable group of inspired kids.More...
October 6th 2010: WE BEGIN THE YATRA IN MADHYA PRADESH WITH A BANG
We seemed to have entered that part of Madhya Pradesh where the recipe for an agricultural disaster is in the making. Meghnagar, Thandla and Petlawad areas of Jhabua district of MP. Vegetable cultivation, especially of tomatos seems to be on the high. Chemical fertilizer use is higher here than even in Punjab, going by the discussions we had with farmers throughout the day. Further, deadly chemical pesticides are being used. Bhils and Bhilalas are being lured towards intensive cultivation and borrowing on high interest from moneylenders is the norm. More...
“KISAN SWARAJ YATRA DEMANDS IMMEDIATE SCRAPPING OF PROJECT SUNSHINE – DIVERT THE FUND FOR ECOLOGICAL, SUSTAINABLE FARMING”
Ahmedabad/Dahod, October 5, 2010: Mounting an attack on the state government of Gujarat, Kisan Swaraj Yatra, joined by hundreds of tribal women farmers today, demanded that the Chief Minister Narendra Modi should step in and scrap the tribal welfare department’s joint project with Monsanto in the tribal districts of the state called “Project Sunshine”. The visits of the four teams of the Kisan Swaraj Yatra to villages in Panchmahal and Dahod districts and the interaction with the tribal farmers clearly shows that this project is only leading farmers down an unsustainable path and providing ready markets for an MNC like Monsanto, known for its anti-farmer activities. Meanwhile, hundreds of women and men tribal farmers who assembled at Bara village in Devgarh Baria tehsil of Dahod, felt that it is important to be cautious about such projects. “They are just tempting people by combining it with subsidized fertilizers and seeds in the first year and ultimately leading us towards disaster”, said Madhuben Nayak of Adivasi Mahila Organic farmers cooperative in the Adivasi Mahila Khedut Swaraj Sammelan. More...
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Organic ecological farming
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