Who destroys our forests? The forest department!

Starvation killing jumbos N D Shiva Kumar | TNN Of 105 elephants that died in 2007-08, post-mortem of 22 was done after 10 to 25 days of death. Due to the delay, between 2002 and 2008, the bodies of 23 elephants decomposed and the reason for deaths couldn’t be ascertained. Five elephants died due to … Continue reading Who destroys our forests? The forest department!

Between a rock and a hard place

An enlightening (and frustrating) article by P. Sainath. He is an authority on state of Indian agriculture, and has travelled extensively throughout the country, documenting the disgraceful mess created by this entity called "the Indian government". One of the most popular books he has written, which will send shivers up your spine is, "Everyone loves … Continue reading Between a rock and a hard place

Rice from obscurity : 70 obsolete indigenous varities have been resusciated

One more story from Indian Express, on 06 December: http://www.indianexpress.com/story/247445.html. Anupam Pal, Agriculture Development Officer at Agriculture Training Centre (ATC) in Phulia, West Bengal, used a small plot of land next the ATC, to plant 70 varities of indigenous and obsolete varieties of rice. Only four decades ago 5800 varities of rice were cultivated in … Continue reading Rice from obscurity : 70 obsolete indigenous varities have been resusciated

Punjab farmers rave about rent

Please read the complete story as appeared on 06 December in the Indian Express: http://www.indianexpress.com/story/247444.html. How wonderful to see co-operatives covering some real ground and reaching out to farmers, eliminating or reducing their purchase requirements of expensive farm-equipment. Also, in some ways, such sharing of machinery and equipment is a way towards 'enlightened capitalism', a … Continue reading Punjab farmers rave about rent

Free tractor service to small landowners

A story from today's Indian Express: http://www.indianexpress.com/story/24797.html talks about a man Ramesh Arnalkar, a trader from Pune, who is giving out a brand new tractor to small land-owners in Maharashtra's suicide belt, free of cost to help them till their land, and thus start earning from it. While returning with his wife, Shalini, from a … Continue reading Free tractor service to small landowners