Agrarian Issues

MAHARASHTRA: AIKS Rally at Nashik Condemns BJP Govt’s Inaction

On November 14, 2018, the AIKS Nashik district council led a massive 25,000-strong district-wide peasant rally to the Nashik district collectorate to demand urgent measures for drought relief and the implementation of the written assurances given by the chief minister after the AIKS-led Kisan Long March eight months ago. The rally comprised peasants in large numbers from nine tehsils of Nashik district. This rally was held just two days after the AIKS statewide Farmers Rights Convention that was held in Mumbai.

MAHARASHTRA: AIKS State Convention Calls for Success of Kisan Mukti March

OVER 5,000 peasants from 23 districts of Maharashtra participated in the statewide Farmers’ Rights Convention organised by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) Maharashtra state council at the prestigious Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium, a stone’s throw away from the state assembly and the state secretariat, in the heart of south Mumbai, on November 12, 2018.

Tenant Farmers’ Padayatra in Andhra Pradesh

ANDHRA Pradesh Koulu Rytula Sangham (Tenant farmers’ organisation) conducted a padayatra demanding the scrupulous implementation of AP Land Licensed Cultivators’ Act 2011, to provide institutional finance and to create a separate ministry for the welfare of tenant farmers from October 10-31. The march started at Gollapalem village of East Godavari district and culminated at Guntur covering 540 kms in East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts, where the tenant farming is predominant in the state.

All India Convention of Coffee Growers

THE all India convention of coffee growers has urged Narendra Modi government to support social cooperatives of coffee growers to establish and own large scale instant coffee industry. 65 per cent of the coffee produced world over is converted as instant coffee powder. Few big companies namely BRU, Nestle, Hindustan Lever and Tata have monopoly over instant coffee market in India.

BJP Govt Doubling Farmers’ Woes Instead of Incomes: AIKS

THE All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on October 4, has said that the Narendra Modi led BJP government has yet again betrayed its promises of providing remunerative minimum support prices (MSP) to farmers by announcing MSP of Rabi crops for marketing season 2019-20 far below the promised C2+50 percent. It is notable that this comes just after the much-hyped claims after farmers’ protests on October 3, that the BJP government will address all concerns of the farmers including their demand for MSP according to Swaminathan Commission recommendations.

AIKS Condemns Police Brutality on Protesting Farmers

THE All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on October 2, has condemned the barbaric police action on protesting farmers at the borders of Delhi. The farmers organised by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) have been peacefully marching as part of Kisan Kranti Yatra from Haridwar since September 23 raising genuine demands of the peasantry. They were to reach the Kisan Ghat on October 2, 2018.

The State of the Peasantry Today

THIS year in June, the prime minister boasted that he was taking major steps to ensure that the income of farmers doubled in the next three years, i.e., by 2022. These remarks came in the context of sustained and often coordinated peasant struggles throughout the country, which highlighted the deteriorating plight of the farmers. The fact of the existence of suffering farmers, more than 12,000 of whom have committed suicide every year since 2012 (and more than three lakhs since the mid-1990s),  has been largely denied by successive governments.

Historic Betrayal of Farmers: BJP Govt Denies Promised C2+50% & Assured Procurement

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP had generated high hopes and got the support of farmers in 2014 elections by promising the implementation of the Swaminathan commission recommendation of fixing MSP according to the formula C2+50 percent. It has betrayed them yet again by announcing MSP for the Kharif crops based on A2+FL costs instead of the promised more comprehensive C2 costs. Also no steps have been taken to ensure assured procurement. Without assured procurement any such announcement is only notional and will not accrue to the cultivating peasantry.

OECD-ICRIER Report on Farm Situation: Correct Diagnosis, Wrong Medicine

THE All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on July 10, has noted that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (OECD-ICRIER) Report on the farm situation vindicates its position that the neoliberal economic policies have adversely affected the peasantry and accentuated the agrarian crisis in the country. The report has rightly diagnosed that farming in India has been unremunerative for two decades. According to the report the gross farm revenues fell 14 percent on average between 2000 and 2016.

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