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Karnataka, India: Support prices sought by KRRS to bail out farmers

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and the Green Brigade have urged the Union government to announce minimum support price for arecanut, coconut, copra and rubber. 

Briefing mediapersons here on Monday, KRRS General Secretary Badagalapura Nagendra said the sudden slump in the price of arecanut, coconut, copra and rubber has left the farmers in dire straits. The government should come to the rescue of the farmers by procuring them at the support price, he demanded.

The KRRS and the Green Brigade have sought a minimum support price of Rs 35,000 per quintal for arecanut, Rs 25,000 per quintal for coconut, Rs 15,000 per quintal for copra and Rs 16,000 per quintal for rubber. 

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18 Years of SPI: Celebrations across Indonesia

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-19_SPI_peasant.jpgIn July, Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) which is also known as the Indonesian Peasants' Union is celebrating 18 years of its struggle for genuine agrarian reform and social justice. 

"Starting from a base level to the international level. Starting from reclaiming hundreds of thousands of hectares of land, to fight for the rights of peasants into an international declaration on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, SPI has come a long way in 18 years. "said Henry Saragih in Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia. 

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Women peasants in South Korea on a nationwide protest tour

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-18_KWPA_Protest.jpgPeasants from the Korean Women Peasant Association are taking out a nation-wide campaign, in the form of a protest tour, to seek justice for Farmer Baek Namgi who has been lying in a state of coma since November 2015, after being hit by police water cannons.

The peasants would also seek for the establishment of a department with experts who could help formulate policies for the women peasants and also seeking progressive amendments to the Women Farmers and Fisher Women legislation.

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Farmer-to-farmer training session on Millets at Amrita Bhoomi | Karnataka, India

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-06_Farmer_checking_Millet_Seed_-_Copy.jpgAt least 60 farmers, mostly from the neighboring indigenous Soliga community, as well as other small farmers including some urban origin farmers gathered for a farmer-to-farmer training session on millets at the Amrita Bhoomi agroecology center, on 2nd July 2016.

Amrita Bhoomi is linked to the Karnataka State Farmers’ Movement (KRRS for its initials in Kannada language) and is La Via Campesina’s agroecology school in South Asia. 

Successful millet growers, both young and old came to share their experiences and answer questions. This was followed by millet seed distribution to the trainees. Grameena Kutumba, a group that promotes millets and organizes direct farmer to consumer markets, co-organized this training session. They committed to follow up with a farmer to consumer fair early next year to allow trainees at this session to directly sell their produce to consumers.

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Press Release: Landworkers’ Alliance demand recognition for small-farms in post Brexit policies

2016-06-27 LWA.jpgIt is with some concern that The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) looks forward at the possibilities for British food and agricultural policies post-Brexit. The task will require huge effort and ingenuity on behalf of political decision makers if it is to support producers, protect the environment and prioritize access to healthy, nutritious food for all.

As a national union of small-scale, traditional and family farmers, The Landworkers’ Alliance is determined to ensure that the voices of smaller-scale producers are included in post-Brexit policy.

The UK’s small-scale and family farms are at the heart of our rural culture and communities; they create employment, protect cherished landscapes and provide a huge amount of the food we eat. However, under Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs' (DEFRA )implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), many small farms were unfairly disadvantaged. The Landworkers’ Alliance is ready to work with government to unsure that this discrimination does not continue under national agricultural policy.

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People in Panama, Sri Lanka, protest again demanding their lands back

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-27_Panama_Protest_2.jpgSeveral hunderd people protested in Panama, Sri Lanka, on the 21st of June, demanding justice and repatriation on the land from which they were forced to evict in 2010 by the then ruling government. 

In February 2015, the ruling government had agreed to return the land to the people, but they allege absolute negligence of duty at the end of the government officials who are responsible to carry out the order. 

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Cheap imports cause massive fall in coconut prices in India. Farmers protest.

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-27_-_KRRS_Cocunut_Protest.jpgCoconut farmers in the State of Karnataka, took to the streets to protest against massive fall in coconut prices, which they allege is due to cheap imports from Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.

While speaking to The Hindu, KRRS president K.S. Puttannaiah told reporters that although the State government had announced in its budget that a policy for Coconut would be framed, it was yet to be materialised. He wants the State government to set up a revolving fund and extend assistance and incentive to growers. 

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