Activist Vandana Shiva slams govt handling of dal crisis
Posted on Saturday, November 14th, 2015
Times of India, 13 November 2015
NEW DELHI: Environment activist Vandana Shiva has blamed the government for mishandling the dal crisis and instead advocated support to farmers.
Responding to questions on the spiraling prices of pulses, Shiva said, “The government has mishandled it completely. They are importing “fake” dals and sending the signal to farmers that it is not worth growing pulses.”
Shiva was speaking on the occasion of festival of organic products at Dilli Haat called “Women in India” that was inaugurated by union ministers Radha Mohan Singh and Maneka Gandhi. The festival has been organized in collaboration with the ministry of women and child development and Shiva’s organization Navdanya.
The activist said that the government must start a program to re-introduce mixture farming to ensure that expansion of cultivation of every kind of dal.
“Farmers should be rewarded for growing diversity and deregulated imports must be stopped as they hurting farmers,” she said.
Navdanya has declared 2016 as the year of pulses and are launching a campaign “Pulse of life” to conserve India’s pulse diversity and reclaim India’s lentil sovereignty. The NDA government has come under severe flak recently for spirally dal prices. Many political leaders feel that it may have cost the BJP, the Bihar election.