Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 28 August 2013 23:03
By Arnold Padilla, PAN-AP
PENANG, Malaysia – In Sarawak, Malaysia, thousands of hectares of forests, where the Iban and Melanau indigenous groups have been living for centuries, are being cleared to give way to massive logging operations and palm oil plantations. Customary rights of the indigenous communities in Sarawak’s Sibu town – including the right to cultivate the land and the right to utilize the forests’ resources – are being violated by the government in favor of large private corporations, some of which have ties to the highest echelon of Malaysian bureaucracy.
Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:49
Imphal, Manipur - Last August 25, a public meeting cum mass rally was held at Hayel Hangool, Thoubal district that demanded de-commissioning of Ithai Barrage as well as Sekmai Barrage and demanded commensurate compensation for the paddy cultivation and fish farms inundated due to blocking of water currents by the two barrages. Earlier, excess water accumulated at Ikop Pat and Kharung Pat was drained out to Manipur river by a natural process and people settled around the two wetlands rarely faced flood situations. But since the past 30 years, people settled around Kharung Pat and Ikop Pat have been enduring artificial flood regularly after the course for draining out excess water was blocked by man-made barriers.
Written by April Porteria Friday, 09 August 2013 22:33
August 9, 2013
APC hails uprooting of Golden Rice
Hits scientist with alleged financial ties to IRRI and Syngenta
The Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) hailed members of the militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bikol(KMB) or Peasant Movement in Bicol together with the Sararong Inisyatiba nin Kahinwanmaan na Wasakon ang Agrokemikals na Lasong-GMO (SIKWAL – GMO) who uprooted Golden Rice yesterday, August 8, in an experimental lot at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit No. 5 at Pili, Camarines Sur in Bicol region, Philippines.
Within 15 minutes the more than 400 Bicolano farmers coming from Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon surprisingly uprooted Golden Rice to protest its field trials.
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