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.
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.
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.
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.
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).”
The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) will hold a State-level farmers conference to deliberate on the issues haunting the farm sector at Vivekananda Hall in Gadag on July 21.KRRS State president Chamarasa Malipatil told presspersons here on Thursday that the conference would be held on the occasion of the farmer’s martyr day programme.