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Twenty-five participants from different organizations gathered in a consultative meeting on Draft Law of Management and Agricultural Land Use organized by SK on 9 April at their office. The meeting aimed to:
- to share the current status of the draft law;
- to find collective strategies and recommendations to improve the draft law;
- to discuss strategies for implementation of NES Project for 2015; and
- to strengthen the cooperation between the government and civil societies and other development partners .
The event explored the effective approaches to multi-stakeholders partnership for future implementation of projects on land, agriculture, and natural resources.
Moving forward, SK, together with the other participating NGOs, agreed to:
- continue to advocate with the relevance ministries on laws and regulations related to land and natural resources management;
- continue to conduct the platform as sharing, learning and action in the future; and
- conduct field visits nationally, regionally or internationally on best practices.
source: The Hindu Online Edition, January 25, 2010
Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department officials should ensure that land used to promote various crops should not diminish land allocated for growing food, said C.V. Sairam, senior scientist, Zonal Project Directorate, Indian Council for Agriculture Research, Bangalore.
In an article featured in The Hindu Online Edition last January 25, Mr. Sairam told the Department officers, “In the interest of society, [they] should not use land under food crops for promoting any other crops, as food crop production is on the decline.”
Mr. Sairam disclosed this at the one-day master training programme on Technological Options in Production, Post Harvest Management and Marketing of Aromatic Crops conducted by the MYRADA Krishi Vigyan Kendra last January 22.
“I understand that other crops should also be promoted and that Horticulture Department officials have targets to meet, which can be easily achieved by working in coordination with other departments.”
Mr. Sairam also asked the officers to ensure that farmers get a good price for their produce, as they “win on farms but lose out in markets.” Read the rest of this entry