Agrarian Issues

AIAWU to Hold its National Conference in Howrah in February 2023

THE tenth all India conference of the All India Agricultural Workers’ Union will be held at Howrah, West Bengal, from February 15 to 18, 2023. Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister of Kerala and Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), will inaugurate the conference and will be the main speaker of the public meeting to be organised on the occasion of the all India conference.

MSP Announced Betrays Farmers, Increasing Costs Not Taken Into Account

THE All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on October 20, has said the Modi government has once again displayed its crass anti-farmer attitude in the recent announcement of the minimum support prices for crops for the Rabi Marketing Season 2022-23. The prices announced by the government are too little and will never provide 50 per cent return to farmers over Cost C2 as was recommended by the Swaminathan Commission.

K-FON Opens New Possibilities for Kerala Agriculture

SWIMMING against the tide is not an easy task. The general trend in the era of neoliberal economic policies has been towards disinvestment, deregulation, dismantling of the public sector and withdrawal from social sector expenditure. Kerala under the LDF government has been swimming against the tide and with phenomenal success. At all times of crisis whether it be the floods, cyclones, Nipah or the unprecedented Covid pandemic, Kerala has steered a course that has won great acclaim worldwide.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha Rejects the Govt Committee on MSP

SAMYUKTA Kisan Morcha, a front of a large number of farmers’ organisations, rejected the committee formed by the central government on MSP and other issues. The SKM said, “it will appoint no representatives in the committee.”

In a press release issued by the SKM, it stated, “There is no scope to discuss the MSP law in the agenda of this committee full of government representatives and its loyalists.” The SKM said that all its apprehensions about this committee turned out to be true; Morcha cannot have any association with such an anti-farmer committee.

Dairy Farmers to Hold Protests on 27 July: Against Imposition of GST on Dairy Products, Machineries & Milking Machines

THE organising committee of the Dairy Farmers’ Federation of India (DFFI), in a statement issued on July 7,  has called upon the dairy farmers across the country to hold massive protest demonstrations at the village/taluk centres on July 27, 2022 against the imposition of GST on dairy products and dairy machineries by the Narendra Modi led government. Widespread campaign will be organised by distributing leaflets and notices exposing the anti-farmer face of the union government, it said.

AIKS Condemns MSP Fraud

THE All India Kisan Sabha in a statement issued on June 9, noted that the Modi government has once again defrauded farmers by making meagre increases in the minimum support prices (MSP) for Kharif crops. In the MSP announced for Kharif 2022-23, MSP for rice, maize, tur, urad and groundnut has been increased by just 7 per cent, and for Bajra by just 8 per cent. In most crops, the increases barely cover the general inflation in the economy.

Heed Farmers’ Voices and Protect their Interests at WTO

The All India Kisan Sabha has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on June 9, suggesting what India’s response should be at the upcoming Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation that is scheduled to take place in Geneva from June 12-15. The letter urged the government to articulate the interests of farmers and the masses of India, at the meeting. A copy was also sent to the minister of commerce and industry, and the minister of agriculture and farmers’ welfare. Below we publish the text of the letter.

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