Peasant members of SPI demand immediate resolution to land dispute at UPT, Bali Village

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Hundreds of peasant members of the Indonesian Peasants Union (SPI) Katingan, Central Kalimantan, took part in an action demanding immediate resolution of the land dispute at Transmigration Settlement Unit (UPT) of Bali Village, District Malan Island. The action is centered in the Office of Social, Manpower and Transmigration (Dinsosnakertrans) Katingan.

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Article: Support price offered by Indian government to farmers inadequate

Originally published by The Wire on 07 June 2016

The article is written by Kannaiyan, a farmer who is also the General Secretary of the South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements (SICCFM) and a member La Via Campesina. 

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In July 2014, barely 60 days into his new role as the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi was addressing a group of agricultural researchers and scientists in New Delhi on the occasion of the 86th foundation day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. It was also his first public event as a newly-elected prime minister.

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Press Release: Peasants in Asia give inputs to ‘UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants & Other People Working in Rural Areas’

26 April 2016, JAKARTA:

Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI, Indonesia Peasants Union) and La Via Campesina (international peasants movement) held a Regional Consultation, Training and Meetings on Peasant Rights in PKBI Guesthouse, Jakarta, April 26 to 29, 2016.

Henry Saragih, Chairman, SPI said that Peasant Rights which was declared on 20 April 2001 in Cibubur, West Java, will become a universal declaration of the United Nations (UN) in the near future.

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"Next month (May) we will be holding a conference together with the Human Rights Council of The United Nations, updating the draft of UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas," Henry said in Jakarta this morning. He also stressed that the main objectives of this important event is to give strong inputs to UN draft declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas—with key rights around (1) right to land and territory; (2) right to seeds and traditional agricultural knowledge and practice; (3) right to biological diversity; and (4) state obligation. 

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Pay farmers their dues, demands Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS)

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First published by The Hindu

Bangalore, India:

Activists of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) staged a protest in the city on Wednesday, condemning the delay in payment of money to farmers towards food grains procured from them under Minimum Support Price (MSP).

Addressing the protest meet, H.R. Basavarajappa, Working President of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha said that the government owed an amount of Rs. 31 crore (approximately 4.5 Million USD) to the farmers. This was for the paddy and ragi (finger millet) it had purchased from them, through procurement centres in the district, at MSP in the months of February and March.

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