Lands lost, lives lost

By Aishwarya Dravid
Hirekerur Taluk

As seen in many parts of India, farming is the primary profession in Hirekerur Taluk. And like many farmers in other parts of India, the farmers here are angry with the modern techniques of farming that have taken over agriculture. The use of pesticides is one such modern practice that has not only cost farmers their lands, but also their health. 

The silent death of farmers

By Amreen Makhani
Jagalur Taluk

In Jagalur Taluk, Davangere District, farmers are giving up their lives. The number of farmer suicide cases have risen from three in 2011 to seven in the first few months of 2012. Farmers are finding it difficult to cope with the increase in prices of fertilizers and pesticides. Many are planning to shift from agriculture as they cannot bear the losses they are incurring as the input costs are very high and returns they earn, low.

Dryland farmers: Indias invisible people

By Ancy K. Sunny
Kudligi Taluk

Dryland agriculture solely depends on rain. Farmers in these regions are often neglected by the government. They remain unaware of new scientific know-how of agriculture and continue to live a life of poverty. The thesis looks at the plight of dryland farmers in the taluk, broad basing it to other regions as well. 

Maize farmers of Hirekerur:
Sowing for a change

By Anisha Phillipa laming
Hirekerur Taluk

Even though 90 percent of the farmers grow maize in Hirekerur Taluk, the production of maize has been the lowest in the last five years. According to a study conducted by the regional agricultural unit of the taluk, maize cultivation has dropped by 60 percent. Five years ago the production was 800 metric tonnes, however for the past two years it has reduced to 500 metric tonnes.The reason for this decline has been the supply of bad quality, and sometimes fake, seeds to the farmers. The government supplies seeds to the farmers at subsidized rates under the Bhoochetna Scheme which was introduced to boost farm productions and contribute to rural prosperity.

The unsung story of Hovina Hadagalli 

By Anupma Kumari
Hovina Hadagalli Taluk

The major occupation of the people in Hovina Hadagali Taluk is agriculture. About 75 percent of the total labor force is dependent on agriculture for its livelihood. The important crops grown here are maize, cotton and cereals. There are almost 40 villages in the taluk in which Pura, Nandanahalli and Dasarahalli are the major cultivators of maize. But more than 80 pecent of the farmers who grow maize have incurred losses this year in the production of maize. Drought and fungal diseases are to be blamed.


Old spice faces heat

By Apoorva Sripathi
Byadgi Taluk

Byadgi, a taluk in the district of Haveri, is famous for its chilies. Its chilies is known for its deep red color and moderate spice content and features generously in Udupi cuisine.The story tracks the decline in production of Byadgi chili and how BT cotton has become predominant in the taluk. Almost every village in Byadgi sees farmers grow BT cotton; there are only a handful of them that grow Byadgi chili, which is in addition to other crops.

Unknown faces, untold truths

By Madhurima Bose
Hosadurga Taluk

Innumerable farmers have committed suicide in Hosadurga, a taluk in Chitradurga District, Karnataka. Almost 50 percent of the family members of the deceased farmers have been refused the one lakh rupees as compensation that the government generally promises. Skewered government processes are to blame for this. The destitute families are on the brink of extinction.

Not everyone loves a good drought

By Nandita Raman
Holalkere Taluk

Holalkere Taluk, located in Chitradurga District, has been witnessing a drought for a few years. This has affected a large segment of farmers
who do not have access to drip irrigation. This, in turn, has led to lower productivity which has resulted in farmer suicides.However, there are a few farmers who have gotten access to such facilties and they have benefited tremendously from it.

Parched Savanur paan withers away

By Priyanka Maheshwari
Savanur Taluk

As water woes have crept deep
into Savanur Taluk, paan cultivation is receding here. The lucrative crop is losing its sheen and the betel leaf trade has been affected all over India.

The vicious circle of loans

By Sagarika Ranjan
Channagiri Taluk

The farmers in Channagiri Taluk of Davangere District struggle to repay agricultural loans because of insufficient rainfall and the low price of areca nuts. They are on the verge of starvation and losing their mortgaged land.Those who own a huge piece of land wait for the loans to be waived off on the pretext of them being struggling marginal farmers. On the other hand, there are banks whose 42.5 % of NPA comes from agricultural loans.

Byadgi: Poverty in prosperity

By Tanvi Mishra
Byadgi Taluk

This documentary is about cotton farmers in Byadgi, all of whom grow only one kind of cotton, BT cotton. It takes us through the shift from traditional chili farming to BT cotton over the years as well as the advertisement tactics used by MNCs to promote BT cotton, and the failure of the government and the media to educate the farmers who were being exposed to a new variety of crop that they know nothing about.

Farmers denied land compensation
after closure of mines

By Uzmi Athar
Hosadurga Taluk

Farmers with land near mining sites used to get a compensation of Rs. 50,000
per annum from the illegal miners as mining reduced the fertility of their land. However, after the closure of these illegal mines, farmers not only lost the fertility of their land, but also the compensation they used to get. As a result of this, farmers of Hosadurga are now having a very difficult time. When farmers protested, they were threatened with arrest. 

Sandur: To farm or not to farm

By Veena Nair
Sandur Taluk

It has been one year since the Supreme Court imposed a ban on illegal mining activities
in the Bellary District of northern Karnataka. Sandur is one of the many taluks of Bellary District.
It was known as the 'hotbed' for mining activities. The film describes the state of farmers
and the possibility of agriculture making a comeback in the mining hit areas of Sandur.