Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Letter from ICCFM to the Ministry on Licensing guidelines and formats for GM Technology Agreements


Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements
Road No. 2, A – 87, Mahipalpur Extension, New Delhi – 110 037, India
Tel:+91-9899435968 ; Email: yudhvir55@yahoo.com 
                                                                                                                            Date: 25/07/2016
Shri D.S. Misra 
Deputy Commissioner (QC)
Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare,
Room No.B/116, 2nd Floor,
Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi.

Dear Mr. Misra,
We are a network of farmers’ organizations in India, comprising of farmers movements from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra.
We, hereby, submit Comments by Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements on:
LICENSING GUIDELINES AND FORMATS FOR GM TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENTS (18 May Notification)

The Direct effects of Monsanto’s high royalties, faulty technology and monopoly through patents

Prices and royalties of Bt cotton seeds will increase. The Bt Cotton model of revenue extraction will be applied to other seeds, (hybrid & native) and the price of seeds will increase. This would entail more exploitation of already indebted Indian farmers. Plus, there will be increased risks of crop failures as seen recently in Bt cotton failure in Punjab.  The cost of agriculture will go even higher due to patents, royalties and stricter corporate control of Indian agriculture. The seed corporations, which have now become the biotech corporations, want to patent every seed in India so they can profit from every item in our plate and farms. 

Corporations will privatize farmers’ shared “commons”. Monsanto and Bayer are already negotiating terms for a merger. The deal would create one of the biggest agribusiness business monopolies in the world and a global exploitive seed and chemical empire.

If this trend of patenting is encouraged, then the day is not far when our traditional knowledge will become patentable and corporations will profit for India’s indigenous knowledge. 
India will enter a new age of food and seed imperialism which will be controlled by US corporations such as Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Cargill. 
India will lose its sovereignty and heed to the demands of corporations on issues of IPRs, Biodiversity and Farmers’ Rights. 
OUR MAIN DEMANDS AND COMMENTS

1. We reject all patents on our seeds, our biodiversity and our life.
Seed is life and farmers as traditional seed breeders they have the rights to their biodiversity. Our Biodiversity Heritage is our 'collective commons'.

2. The farmers have rights to reliable and affordable seed. It is the duty of the government to protect farmers’ right to livelihood and right to life. It is the government’s duty under Art 21 of the constitution to protect the life of all its citizens. The Cotton Seed Price Control Order issued by the Government of India needs to be seen in the context of farmer’s rights.

3. IPRs, patents, royalty, and technology fees collected by Monsanto are unjust for it comes in the context of false claims and a failing technology which is costing farmers heavily. It is the duty of Government to act to revoke a patent according to Article 64 and Article 66 of the Indian Patent Act.

4. Traditional knowledge and knowledge systems are our shared property. We reject the hijack our knowledge by corporate agenda and monopoly.

5. We want an end to Monsanto’s monopoly. As farmers, consumers and citizens we have the right to control our market. The government should control of the prices of Bt Cotton seeds and all other seeds. Monsanto must not be allowed to collect illegal and exploitative royalties.  We reject Monsanto's control over our seed prices. The Government has a duty to prevent monopolies being established. This is why we had the MRTP commission earlier, and now the competition commission. The issue of monopoly is before the Competition Commission of India, which has stated that Monsanto has violated Competition laws and there is Prima Facie evidence of monopoly.

6. India should honour the integrity of her people and not bow down to pressure from corporations to amend her Biodiversity Act, Plant Variety Protection and Farmers’ Rights Act.

Sincerely,
Yudhvir Singh


Convener, ICCFM

RakeshTikait,
BKU U.P

Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, State President, BKU Punjab,
KS Puttanaiah
KarnatakaRajyaRaithaSangha,
Karnataka

ChamarasaPatil
Karnataka RajyaRaithaSangha,Karnataka
Sh Vijay Jawandhia
ShetkariSanghatna Maharashtra

S Kannaiyan
South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements

CK Janu
AdivasiGothraMahasabha


P Raveendranath,
Kerala Coconut Farmers Association

ChukkiNanjundaswamy, Karnataka RajyaRyotSangha, Karnataka

SellaMutthu,
President, Tamil Nadu Farmers Association, Tamil Nadu
Nallagounder,
UzhavarUlaippalarKatchi,
Tamil Nadu Farmers Association

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Farmer-to-farmer training session on Millets at Amrita Bhoomi | Karnataka, India

Source: http://viacampesina.org/en/index.php/news-from-the-regions-mainmenu-29/2092-farmer-to-farmer-training-session-on-millets-at-amrita-bhoomi

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-06_Farmer_checking_Millet_Seed_-_Copy.jpgAt least 60 farmers, mostly from the neighboring indigenous Soliga community, as well as other small farmers including some urban origin farmers gathered for a farmer-to-farmer training session on millets at the Amrita Bhoomi agroecology center, on 2nd July 2016.
Amrita Bhoomi is linked to the Karnataka State Farmers’ Movement (KRRS for its initials in Kannada language) and is La Via Campesina’s agroecology school in South Asia. 
Successful millet growers, both young and old came to share their experiences and answer questions. This was followed by millet seed distribution to the trainees. Grameena Kutumba, a group that promotes millets and organizes direct farmer to consumer markets, co-organized this training session. They committed to follow up with a farmer to consumer fair early next year to allow trainees at this session to directly sell their produce to consumers.
b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-06_Urban_farmer_gifting_millet_seeds_to_a_Soliga_indigenous_woman_farmer.jpgUrban origin farmers sponsored and gifted packets of millet seeds to the Soliga indigenous farmers. Some members of a local bakery also came by to present millet cookies made by them and showcase different forms of value added food products from millets. 
There are many types of millets- Finger millet, Pearl millet, Foxtail millet, Barnyard millet, Kodo millet etc- all with varying flavors, textures and culinary adaptations. Millets are hailed as a miracle crop. This favorite food of birds, is also one of the world’s healthiest food for humans. It is a crop that can grow naturally without the need for any irrigation, chemicals or fertilizers. Sadly, millets were wiped out of our diets and farms because of the government’s heavy promotion of rice, wheat, sugarcane and other green revolution crops. Millets can resolve not just ecological problems by ending chemical and water use, they also provide income benefits to farmers by greatly reducing their cost of cultivation.
The nutritional profile of millets is by far superior to that of rice or wheat. Millets are high in protein, calcium, fiber, iron, and most vitamins. They can alleviate hunger and malnutrition; a major crisis in India, by simply including them in people’s diets and partially replacing polished white rice and over-processed wheat as much as possible. They also have a very low glycemic index thus improving insulin response and fighting diabetes. Millets improve heart health, are high in anti-oxidants andimprove digestive health.
Millet crop residues are an excellent source of fodder too. India’s serious drought crisis has adversely impacted livestock, which are first to die in times of water and fodder scarcity. Millets can grow in drought and also are very nutritious for animals.
Although millets are still a big part of indigenous peoples diets, their consumption among other rural and urban populations has depleted tremendously after polished white rice took over. These days, there is a growing consciousness and demand for millets from consumers due to its great health impacts, but there is not enough production in Karnataka. This is a major reason behind this training session organized by Amrita Bhoomi- to encourage and spread millets among Karnataka’s farmers. Promoting millets is a key campaign for Amrtia Bhoomi and many other activities and fairs are planned through the rest of the year.
Boregowda, a millet grower from Mandya (a region dominated by sugarcane and rice because of the presence of a dam, which is drying up fast) said,

“It was 40 degrees this year, the hottest summer ever, and we had no water or rain. I decided to try to grow millets, and they grew so well, my fields were green without any watering! My neighbors were impressed. So I went to agriculture university scientists to get their opinion and see what they had to say. But I didn’t tell them that I was already growing millets. I asked them if they had any millet seeds and whether I would be able to grow them during this dry spell. The agricultural scientists told me that nothing would grow in this summer, and even if it were to grow, there would be major pest attacks. They advised me to buy various chemicals to spray to fight pests. I later informed them that in fact my millets were already growing and lush and that I didn’t use any water or chemicals! They were surprised.”

There are also challenges in cultivation – birds love millets! If a single farmer grows millets then she would lose most of her crop to birds. This is the reason why millets need to be grown collectively over a large area so the birds have many farms to pick from and not just one. “Millets teach us to come together,” said Yellapa, a farmer teacher from Dharwad, who is part of a millet grower’s collective. The Soliga indigenous farmers said, “we must also share our crops with the birds, our food is not just for humans.” Soliga farmers were the most enthusiastic participants of the training session as they have traditionally grown millets as subsistence crops. 

“There is not even a single millet mill in the entire state of Karnataka! The neighboring Tamil Nadu state government on the other hand has set up processing units in their state. Most of the millets from Karnataka go to Tamil Nadu for processing and then come back here. We have to demand from the Karantaka government that they set up at least two processing plants in the state, one in the north and another in the south of the state. This will really encourage farmers to grow millets.”, said Chukki Nanjundaswamy of Amrita Bhoomi. 

Traditionally millets were processed by hand and a very labor-intensive and time-consuming method. This would really increase costs for consumers. On the other hand, small millet processing units do exist but they lead to major waste- upto 30-40% waste. The more efficient larger mills are more expensive, which is why Amrita Bhoomi is demanding that the state pay for them as a support to farmers who can then collectively grow and process millets.
b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-06_Millet_Workshop_-_Amritabhoomi.jpgThe UN celebrated 2013 as the international year of Quinoa, a wonderful grain given to the world by the Andean people. The participants concluded that the time had come to also celebrate millets internationally, especially in its various centers of diversity in Africa and Asia, as a crop that can eradicate malnutrition, hunger and resolve many ecological problems. They also stressed that millets need policy support  – not just for farmers but also for consumers. The government should include this nutritious food in public programs such as in public school meals plans, and primary health centers instead of just focusing on pharmaceutical vitamin pills or chemically fortified foods.

by Ashlesha Khadse

Saturday, June 25, 2016

People in Paanama, Sri Lanka protest again demanding their lands back

21st June 2016

People in Paanama chased away from their lands on 17th July 2010 by the official thugs of the Rajapaksa government. Since then, people in Panama demand for return to their lands with the support of the civil society organization in Sri Lanka.
As a result of the continues struggles for several years by the people of Panama and civil society together, landless people of Panama were confirmed to ensure their land rights and giving back their lands by a cabinet decision made on 11th February 2015 by the "good governance" government.
But the government officer who was addressed by the cabinet decision to take required actions to release the lands back to the people continued to neglect the government decision, therefore people of Panama decided to move to their lands again on 26 March 2016. However the officer has sent demanding letters to the people asking to evacuate themselves from the lands before 30th June 2016.
Hence, a protest campaign was held in Panama on 21st June 2016 against this dreadful situation asking the government whether their cabinet decision a joke. People in Panama number of civil society organization and their members from all around the country was participated in this protest campaign.

"Do not try to take us away from our lands. If anyone tried, that will be a catastrophe. These are our lands. Good governance promised us we would be given them back. Please do this without providing false and fake solution. A sticker was also distributed among tourists in Panama and Arugambay to build their awareness on the issue.  


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Farmer’s Message for Narendra Modi

Was the prime minister’s standing ovation for farmers a cruel joke?
The Wire

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Paddy farmers in Tamil Nadu. Credit: Feng Zhong/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In July 2014, barely 60 days into his new role as the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi was addressing a group of agricultural researchers and scientists in New Delhi on the occasion of the 86th foundation day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. It was also his first public event as a newly-elected prime minister.
In a speech that was nothing more than politically correct rhetoric, Modi called for a standing ovation for India’s farmers. He even took a dig at the scientists, reportedly telling them that it is not enough to spend time in five-star seminar rooms analysing why things cannot be done, but also important to think about how these problems can be overcome.
Modi was evidently scoring a point over his predecessor, who was often accused of turning a blind eye to India’s farm force. He wanted to craft an image of a farmers’ leader. Amidst the many things he said, he also coined a new punchline, ‘per drop, more crop’,which was splashed across newspapers at the time.
Two years on, I am sitting in my farm in Gattawady village, Erode, Tamil Nadu, filled with mixed feelings. Here is why.
Low budget allocation
That dig at scientists notwithstanding, the budget allocation for agricultural research is despicably low. There are some indigenous drought resistant varieties of crops, but Indian universities and institutions remain heavily underfunded and unable to make any serious research interventions on that front. A little bit of a push from the government to promote indigenous research could go a long way in addressing the climate-induced distress that we are witnessing of late. Instead, what we are seeing is a systemic weakening of public sector research and institutions, and attempts to serve the interests of transnational corporations.
No visits during drought
While the country has been under the grip of one of the most severe droughts of recent times, the prime minister, between his hectic foreign trips and election sloganeering, could not find time to visit any of these parched pockets, including mine. It is one thing to be occupied with delivering monologues on public radio and quite another to actually pay heed to the concerns of people on the ground. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of India had to remind the government that rural distress needs urgent attention.
Inadequate increase in MSP and low farm incomes
The most important of these points for me is that one of the poll promises of the Bharatiya Janata Party was to increase the minimum support price (MSP) to 50% above costs. A few days ago, they made a joke of that promise by increasing the MSP of rice by 4.5%.
How does the government decide on the MSP? The answer lies with the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP). They conduct national MSP calculations, which apply only to 25 crops. The methodology is opaque and questionable, especially when the same MSP is declared for all states, irrespective of the varying labour and input costs in each region. Or to borrow the prime minister’s words, a group of people who sit in air-conditioned seminar rooms decide on the MSP for paddy while completely neglecting the reality on the ground. The functioning of the CACP is always to satisfy the government’s treasury rather than farmers. This is evident from the announced MSP for rice as well.
There is a reason why a farmer produces paddy or wheat despite low prices. It is because she or he is assured that the produce will be procured by the government at the MSP. However, oilseeds and pulses are most often sold in open markets and there is no assured procurement from the state. If someone says that this was done to motivate farmers to produce pulses (thereby reducing the import burden), that argument farthest from reality.
What is unimaginably hurtful is the fact that on one hand they talk about doubling farm income, while on the other we see a dead end for the MSP. It also makes you think: the average farm income in this country hovers around Rs 6,000 per month. By 2022, even if by some wave of a magic wand the government doubles this, it still amounts to the pitiable sum of Rs 12,000.
Apart from qualifying as a good headline, what use does the promise of doubling farm income serve? Was Modi’s standing ovation for farmers a cruel joke?
Kannaiyan is a farmer, General Secretary of the South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements (SICCFM) and associated with La Via Campesina, a global peasant movement. He can be contacted at sukannaiyan69@gmail.com 

Please find the article on the following link:
http://thewire.in/2016/06/07/a-farmers-message-for-narendra-modi-40948/

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On April 17th, 2016-- KRRS inaugurates first Migrant Farmers

17 April - International Peasants Day- The Struggle Migrates to the City!
Migrant peasant women and men launch organisation in Bangalore city. Most now work as domestic workers, auto rickshaw drivers, street vendors or coconut sellers, yet they maintain their peasant identity and want to continue their social justice struggle protecting the rights of migrants
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Chukki Nanjundaswamy speaks in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, April 17th, 2016 as a new chapter of KRRS is inaugurated

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A wholesome agro-culture, A healthy citizenry, A toxin-free nation - A step forward to accept Ecological Agriculture as a policy in Sri Lanka

A wholesome agro-culture, A healthy citizenry, A toxin-free nation - A step forward to accept Ecological Agriculture as a policy in Sri Lanka 

Toxin-free Agricultural Education Trade Exhibition and Academic Dialogue started today, 6th March 2015 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall in Colombo Sri Lanka organized by the National Program of Food Production of Precedential Secretariat of Sri Lanka. The event has organized under the theme of "A wholesome agro-culture, A healthy citizenry, A toxin-free nation" as the launching ceremony of shifting Sri Lanka's agriculture in to chemical free ecological agriculture under the guidance of Sri Lanka's president Mithreepala Sirisena.

Mithreepala Sirisena pledged that he will convert the Sri Lanka's agriculture into a more sustainable, environment friendly, healthier and ecological farming system at the last presidential election which he won in January 2015. After he got in to power as the Sri Lanka's precedent, Sirisena banned five toxic pesticides including world's most used weedicide Glyphosate which is a most selling product of Monsanto Company. Propanil, Carbaryl, Cholopyrifos and Carbofuran are the other four pesticides banned in Sri Lanka in February 2015 together with Glyphosate. According to the ban these pesticides are prohibited to import, store, distribute, sale and use for any reason.

President took this fearless decision according to the revelation of WHO report saying that these pesticides has direct links to the Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology (CKDu) which has affected more than 200,000 farmers in the main agricultural regions in the country during last decade. According to the hospital reports more than 9 farmers are dying every day due to CKDu in Sri Lanka. However the president decision was under heavy attack by the agro-chemical companies, agronomists and scientists backed by the agribusiness but farmer organizations like Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) and handful of scientists and academics supported his wise decision to ban these silent killers.

This toxic-free agricultural exhibition is another step by the president in this long process and will be open for public until 8th Mach 2016. This is an opportunity for the farming community, farmer organizations, researches, scientists, journalist and artists who are committed to create toxin-free nation and will accommodate discussions, debates, seminars, lectures and presentations by the agro-ecologists and activists. 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

MAJOR FARMER UNIONS OF INDIA REJECT GM MUSTARD; ASK JAVADEKAR NOT TO ALLOW GEAC TO PROCEED WITH ITS SECRET MEETING TO PROCESS GM MUSTARD APPLICATION ON FEB.5TH

*MAJOR FARMER UNIONS OF INDIA REJECT GM MUSTARD:*
 
*ASK JAVADEKAR NOT TO ALLOW GEAC TO PROCEED WITH ITS SECRET MEETING TO
PROCESS GM MUSTARD APPLICATION ON FEB.5TH*
 
*New Delhi, February 3rd, 2016*: All major farmer unions of India, in a
joint statement, have slammed the Minister for Environment, Forests and
Climate Change for allowing the regulatory body for transgenics to meet on
February 5th to decide on the fate of GM mustard. They demanded that the
secret meeting of the regulator be cancelled immediately by the Minister.

“All major mustard growing states in India, including BJP-ruled states,
heeding to citizens’ voices and scientific advice, have come out against GM
mustard. They have also expressed concern about the secretive processes
adopted by the regulators and for not putting out biosafety data in the
public domain. The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Centre’s
regulators on a contempt petition. Despite all of this, Prakash Javadekar
is allowing Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) to hold its
meeting to process the GM mustard application on Friday (Feb.5th). It makes
us wonder what and wherefrom is the need and pressure emerging from”, they
said. They objected to the secretive manner in which the government is
proceeding on this matter, without public scrutiny of data or any public
consultations including with farmers’ unions, despite the GMO being created
ostensibly for farmers’ benefit.
 
The farmer unions pointed out that the government is pushing unneeded,
unwanted and unsafe GMOs on the farming community, when viable and feasible
alternatives that are safe, affordable and farmer-controlled are already
available that need to be promoted with farmers for sustainable farm
livelihoods. In the case of mustard for instance, there are non-transgenic
hybrids already available in the market, in addition to high-yielding
mustard varieties. Further, new agro-ecological approaches like System of
Mustard Intensification (SMI) are out-yielding these unsafe solutions
significantly, ensuring vastly-increased profitability for farmers, if
yield is a concern in the first instance. Such alternatives are not however
being invested upon by the government, probably because of collusion with
the seed and chemical industry. The experience with Bt cotton, which has
not addressed the issue of farm crisis or reduced the number farm suicides
is another example. This year, lakhs of farmers in Gujarat, Punjab,
Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Telangana suffered due to whitefly and
pink bollworm attack on Bt cotton while the seed companies are going
scot-free without being made accountable for the losses. Leaders of the
farmer unions pointed out that after 13 years of Bt cotton in India, the
myth around GM crops has been busted fully, while a deadly unaccountable
experiment was unleashed on the lives of farmers. Agro-chemical usage has
gone up in cotton, including of pesticides, and most cotton seed in the
market is today controlled by one MNC, known for its anti-farmer operations
– Monsanto.
 
There was deep concern expressed about control in farming wrested from
farmers’ hands into the hands of agro-industry, whether it be of seed
companies or chemical companies. The developers of GM mustard hold several
patents related to the product, and are obviously free to sell these IPRs
to any large corporation despite wearing the garb of public sector
scientists at this point of time. There is also the question of native seed
varieties being contaminated by GM mustard. Foreign genes related to male
sterility and herbicide tolerance will then affect the crop of non-GM
growers also. There are many farmers in north India who also take up
bee-keeping along with mustard cultivation, and scientific evidence on GM
mustard shows that bee population will get affected. This would lead to
losses in both mustard production and honey production for these farmers,
they pointed out. The farmer unions also informed that while there are many
extant farmers’ varieties waiting to be registered with the Plant Varieties
Protection and Farmers Rights Authority, this is not happening while
public-sector and private-sector varieties are being prioritized for the
purpose. Why is the government not protecting these farmers’ varieties and
promoting the same, they demanded to know.
 
These farmer unions warned that the fate of the government in the case of
GM mustard will be that of an unwanted land ordinance that the government
pressed for again and again, uncaring of the public mood and demand. They
reiterated that they will resist any environmental release approval of any
GMO in the country with all their strength, and work towards real solutions
that will support farm livelihoods.
 
*For more information, contact*:
Shri Mohinimohan Misra (BKS): 090136-19587
Com Malla Reddy (AIKS): 094900-98666
Shri Yudhvir Singh (AICCFM): 098681-46405
 
Com Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha (36 Canning Lane)

Yudhvir Singh, General Secretary, All India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (AICCFM)
Mohinimohan Misra, National Secretary, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS)
Atul Kumar Anjan, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha (Ajay Bhawan)
Yogendra Yadav, Jai Kissan Andolan
Raghav Sharan Sharma, President, All India Agragami Kissan Sabha
Ch. Rakesh Tikait, National Spokesman, Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU)
Ram Pal Jat, National President, Kissan Mahapanchayat,
Chamarasa Malli Patil, President, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS)
Baburam Sharma, President, All India Krantikari Kissan Sabha
Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, State President, Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU), Punjab
Uttam Gayen, General Secretary, Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity, West Bengal
K. Sella Mutthu, President, Tamil Nadu Farmers Association
Maganbhai Patel, President, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), Gujarat
S. Malla Reddy, Vice President, All India Kisan Sabha
Badribhai Joshi, Secretary, Khedut Samaj, Gujarat
Badri Narayan Chaudhary, Mahamantri, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Rajasthan
Virendra Kumar Shrivastava, President, Laghu Simant Krishak Morach, Uttar Pradesh
Chukki Najundawamy, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS)
KT Gangadhar,Coordinator, South India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (SICCFM)
Ambubhai Patel, Secretary, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Gujarat
Vijay Jawandhia, Shetkari Sangathana, Maharashtra
B. Chandra Reddy, Secretary, Telangana Rythu Sangham
Kodand Reddy, President, Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress, Telangana
Saroj Mohanty, Paschim Odisha Krushak Samanvay Samiti
Sagar Rabari, Secretary, Khedut Samaj, Gujarat
Bhagwan Dadhich, Kisan Sewa Samiti, Rajasthan
Jayant Verma, Vice President, All India Agragami Kissan Sabha
Kiran Vissa, Raithu Swarajya Vedika, Telengana
Rajesh Singh Chouhan, State President, Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU), Uttar Pradesh
Ms. Rajariga, President, Women Wing, Tamil Nadu Farmers Association
Gurman Singh, President, Bhartiya Kissan Union, Haryana
K.P Illias, Secretary, Kerala Jaiva Karshaka Samithi,
S. Kannaiyan, Secretary, South India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (SICCFM)
KS Puttanaiah (MLA), Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS),
Selvaj, Tamil Nadu Organic Farmers Federation
Jagdish Singh, State President, Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU), Madhya Pradesh
Vidyadhar Olkha, State President, Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU), Rajasthan
Pradeep Singh Thakur, General Secretary, All India Krantikari Kissan Sabha
Ms. Nilam Prabhat, State Coordinator, Aroh Mahila Kisan Manch, Uttar Pradesh
Ratan Singh Mann, State President, Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU), Haryana
Vettavalam ManiKandan, President, Thamizaga Vivasaayikal Sangam,
Indhiya Uzavar Uzaippaligal Katchi 
Nallagounder,  Uzhavar Ulaippalar Katchi, Tamil Nadu Farmers Association
Davison, Kerala Coconut Farmers Association
Gomathinayagam, President,
Vivasaya Seva Samgam-Puliangudi,Thirunelveli Dist 
Vellaiyan, President, Tamilnadu Vanigar Peravai, Chennai
Sukhdev Singh Gill, State President, Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU), Himachal Pradesh
Satnam Singh Cheema,State President, Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU), Uttrakhand
Dhan Singh Sherawat, Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU), Maharashtra
Virendra Dagar, State President Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU),
Delhi Rural Pamayan, Thalaanmai Farmers Movement
Adv Pradeep Kumar, Kerala Haritha Sena
Balaji Sankar, Tharcharbu Iyakkam
Pasya Padma, Secretary, Telangana Rythu Sangham