Zubani is an attempt to collect rural Indian women narratives, especially the widows of the GM cotton farmers in India, from Vidarbha, Maharashtra who have been left behind by their husbands who consumed pesticides, and who have to look after orphaned children in a country where the Agriculture Ministry is busy with cricket politics and Finance Ministry with sensex ups and downs.

The 2007 cotton sowing in India has again been of record proportions even though Indian banks are not lending loans to defaulter farmers. Somehow the seeds are finding their way into the hands of desperate farmers, through an elaborate network of seed distributors.

There are no uniform guidelines, for these farmers, or interventions from local government officials, regarding the viability of sowing cotton in dryland areas of India. Top salaried government officials however are busy pushing India as a destination for agri business and food wholesale and retail.

Crop insurance schemes are unknown to these Indian farmers, even as the urban economists, are waiting for supply side easing of agricultural output, to meet inflation targets.

Zubani – Indian Rural Women and Indian Economists – http://zubani.blogspot.com/

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