22nd September. Pandavapura. Karnataka. KRRS in association with Swaraj India hosts a farmers’ rally to demand freedom from loans and a fair price for crops. This rally hosts the Kisan Mukti Yatra that is travelling through South India with the twin demand.
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KS Puttannaiah, leader KRRS and Swaraj India MLA speaks at the volunteers meeting about the need to stem the suicides of farmers. He stated that it was important to raise a voice against the systemic killing of farmers.
Thousands of people in motor bikes with red flags received the Kisan Sangharsh Jatha at Bagepalli in a fitting show of vibrancy of the peasant movement in the region. They led the Jatha vehicle through Bagepalli to the venue of the public meeting.
Source: Kisan Sangharsh Jatha Receives Rousing Welcome | NewsClick
Mysuru: Samatha Vedike organization head and advocate Sumana said 28 organizations have decided to come together to form ‘Janandolana Mahamaitri,’ to fight for the welfare of the people.Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Sumana said organizations such s Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Karnataka Janasangrama Parishat, Sarvodaya Karnataka Paksha, Swaraj Abhiyana, Dalit Sangarsha Samithi, AIMSS, AIDYO and Odanadi Samsthe will be part of the Mahamaitri.
Source: 28 organizations converge to fight for people’s welfare – Times of India
On October 16th, La Via Campesina’s International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations (TNCs), we continue the struggle to end corporate control of our food and reject free trade agreements.Through their extensive and clandestine lobbying, TNCs have put in place legal, economic and trade policy frameworks to legitimise their greed for profits and destruction of nature.
Source: 16th October: For Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations
KRRS women are coming to the forefront of the farmers movement. “We don’t want a ‘women’s wing’, or a ‘women’s section’ inside KRRS. Such so called ‘wings’ become nothing more than a group upon which women’s issues are piled upon; ignored for all other decisions. We want equal participation in the state committee leadership, it is the only way. We already have many strong women leaders and thousands of women in the grassroots, it’s time to make it official”, paraphrased Chukki Nanjundaswamy from the proceedings of women’s meeting in Bangalore on 15 October.
Source: La Via Campesina South Asia: No Revolution without Women
A millet mela will be held here on Friday and Saturday to popularise their use in the wake of intense water scarcity afflicting agriculture in the region.The mela, to be held at Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry, is being organised by Sahaja Samruddha, an organization popularising the use of dry crops like millets instead of water-intensive crops like paddy, in association with Hasiru Sene and Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha. Millet cultivators from 12 districts across the State will participate in the mela.
Source: Mela to popularise sowing millet tomorrow – KARNATAKA – The Hindu
It has been three weeks since the students of College of Sericulture at Kurubur in Chintamani taluk of Chickballapur district started their indefinite agitation.The students of the college, which is the only government sericulture college in the State, affiliated to the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore (UAS-B), want post graduation department created for sericulture. They also want sericulture graduates to be considered for appointments in Agriculture Department.
Source: Protesting sericulture students want their demands met – The Hindu
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene will organise a state-level farmers’ convention, as part of 36th Farmer Martyrs’ Day, at Gadag on July 21. Addressing reporters at Jaladarshini guest house here on Friday, Raitha Sangha general secretary Badagalpura Nagendra said, “Tributes will be paid to the farmers who sacrificed their lives in Nargund-Navalgund movement. The conference will be held at Swami Vivekananda Sabha Bhavan at Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC).”
Source: Raitha Sangha to observe Farmer Martyrs’ Day in Gadag on July 21
The sangha has named the programme as “Vidyarthigala kadege raitara nadige”.Mr. Shetty said that if sensitised properly, at least some students might take up farming in future. “One can lead a comfortable life by taking up farming. Instead of working under somebody, it is better to earn one’s own livelihood independently,” he said.
Source: KRRS launches programmes to woo students to farming – The Hindu