Livelihoods News

Climate change is forcing farmers in certain part of Indonasia to adopt alternative livelihoods . As the global warming has been affecting the pattern of their crop planning activity, they are facing real problem now.If a farmer has 1000 meters of land they are using 100 meters for breeding livestocks.

“Sangharsh,” a collective platform of social movements and people's organisations fighting displacement and forcible land acquisition, has begun a five-day dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

M.V. Suryanarayana Raju, official spokesman of the Andhra Pradesh Rytu Karyacharana Samithi, on Monday appealed to the government to relax the fair average quality (FAQ) norms for paddy procurement in the current kharif keeping in mind the special circumstances arising from heavy rains and inundation of paddy fields.

Even as the produce started hitting the market, the growers felt disheartened about the raw deal they were receiving from the traders, he added. According to Mr. Suryanarayana Raju, the growers were nowhere getting the minimum support price (MSP) for their produce in the district in spite of the government's assurance.

The presence of moisture beyond the normal levels in the produce was said to be the reason for the drop in the price. Even as the government had promised to ensure procurement of the produce with the moisture levels up to 17 per cent, the traders were resorting to price cuts for the produce with less than 16 per cent moisture levels, Mr. Raju explained. He said over and above 25 per cent of moisture levels were observed in the produce harvested with machines in some areas. The State government has given Rs.10 crore to 75 IKP groups as seed money for paddy procurement which was hardly sufficient for purchase of only 10,000 tonnes. The groups needed to have at least Rs. 700 crore for procuring 7 lakh tonnes of paddy in this season, he said while seeking to know where could they mobilise funds from for the purpose.

Posco's  forest clearance may be rejected by Forest Advisory Committee (FAC). Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said he was yet to see the FAC's recommendations.Decision of the ministry should ensure their should not be any damage to the ecology of the area and it should not destroy the life and livelihoods of the people in the area.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned about a further increase in global food prices in 2011 if there is no significant increase in production of major food crops.The report said the international food import bills could surpass the $1 trillion mark in 2010, with prices of most commodities shooting up sharply since 2009.

Production in the Tirupur knitwear cluster has come down by 20 per cent thanks to frequent rise in yarn prices in the last six months and this has resulted in 25,000 job losses, according to Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) President A. Sakthivel.

The fear of a possible dislocation from the land of their birth due to proposed diamond mining is spreading like wildfire among Chenchus, a nomadic tribe facing extinction, in Nallamala forests for the last few days. The State government had allotted 6,000 square km area to De Beers India for exploration of diamond mining and about 2,000 square km of it was falling in Nallamala forests in AP. But they don't know what to do and whom to approach to continue their existence in the lap of nature.

Noted Gandhian and economist L C Jain passed away on14th November 2010 Sunday afternoon at the age of 85 after a courageous battle against cancer. L C Jain  organizer, commentator, activist  was born in 1925, the child of India's first freedom movement. He spent more than six decades of his life as an impassioned crusader for what Gandhi called India's second freedom struggle.


India, the world’s second largest developing country, is experiencing rapid growth in its poultry and aquaculture sector. Its poultry sector growth is being driven by rising incomes and a rapidly expanding middle class, together with the emergence of vertically integrated poultry producers that have reduced consumer prices by lowering production and marketing costs.
For aquaculture industry, India’s aquaculture production has been increasing in the last decade. Although the major part of export of cultured products is shrimps, the contribution of carps, such as rohu, has been increasing over the years.

The Karnataka State Government has approved Rs. 30.50 crore to take up road works under the Chief Minister's rural road development scheme for 2010-11, covering 61 non-special development plan (SDP) taluks in the State. The three taluks of Kodagu, Madikeri, Somwarpet and Virajpet, would get Rs. 50 lakh each.