The workshop intends to enable the scientists to understand the wisdom and the practice of seed keeping and soil fertility management at the community level, based on which the scientists will interpret the cultural practices associated with farming in terms of modern science. This will be systematically documented and used for producing a policy brief constituting both farmers science and formal science. ....
SAGE & DDS's objection for
Expressing its 'shock' at the development of transgenic sorghum [jowar] by the Indian Institute of Millet Research of Hyderabad, the Southern Action on Genetic Engineering has demanded a firm and unequivalent stand against GM sorghum by the Government of India and asked the government to clearly say that it will not approve GM sorghum.".....
DDS Response to Chief Minister
"We urge the Chief Minister to kindly move forward from this position and declare an enhanced support for those farmers who tend to their soils organically. Because they are truly realizing the concept of Golden Telangana by keeping the soil of this land fertile for future generation. Therefore we request that atleast 25% of the support declared should reach non chemical farmers.".....
Be Bold for Change
The women of the Deccan Development Society celebrated the International Women's Day by remembering some of the pioneering women from the Deccan who by being bold brought changeto their lives and to their communities while it also resonated with this year's theme - Being Bold for Change. More than 200 women from the local communities took a long rally from Zaheerabad town to the Pastapur village where a meeting was organised to discuss the essence of the day and the role of the women. ......
Farm to Kitchen
Sangham Organics is bringing to your homes the organic, traditional, seasonal and nutritional vegetables and greens fresh from farms and directly from farmers at very reasonable prices. Zaheerabad consumers can register by calling us at 9959294409 and avail the home delivery on every Tuesday and Friday. Hyderabad Consumers can register at Disha Science Centre, Hyderabad, Tellapur or by calling on 9703169553
Mobile Biodiversity Festival-2017
DDS celebrated the 18th Mobile Biodiversity Festival which was inaugurated at Lachunaik Tanda in Zaheerabad mandal on January 14, 2017. While this world famous festival flagged off witnessing participation of more than 300 women farmers during the inaugural ceremony, more than 15 thousand farmers participated in the month long festival which concluded with full vibrancy on February 13 2017......
DDS - Disha Sangham Organics
DDS - Disha Organic Alliance was inaugurated on October 2 2016 as an attempt to bring together the women of DDS (who have been cultivating the nutritious grains such as millets and supplying them to the urban consumers) and the women of Disha (who have been practicing and promoting healthy lifestyle in the cities. The women together will start to run the Sangham Organics outlet near Tellpur -Bhel area in the city from October 2016......
DDS ORGANIC MANURES
The DDS Organic Manure Centers are an effort of nearly 500 women farmers spread over 30 plus villages in the four mandals of Zaheerabad region of the Medak district. None of these farmers as described above has a holding of more than two acres. 95% of their farms are unirrigated and do not have any kind of water source. Their soils are red, gravelly and shallow representing the 'poorest' soils in the semi arid region of the Medak district. In spite of these ecological handicaps the women, over the decades, have shown great strength and resilience in designing and defending a fascinating knowledge based agriculture that symbolises biodiversity, ecological richness and power of the small. A combination of all these factors has made their agriculture the most climate smart 'sovereign' agriculture of the poor.........
Celebrating Organic Vegetables
In the light of increasing dangers of chemically grown vegetables and fruits that cause severe damage to health of people and environment, the exploitation of consumers by commercial market forces and the age old exploitation of farmers through middle men mechanism, DDS Sangham Organics, farmers led market launched Organic Zaheerabad with a vision to protect our health and envirionment and to support organic traditional farmers in Zaheerabad region. This initiative is believed to promote the nutritional diversity and a fair market price that the consumers have been deprived of........
Organic Products for Sale
The following organic products are available for sale at DDS Sangam Shop at Zaheerabad. The produce is from the fields and farms of the members of the DDS women sanghams all of who are invariably ecological farmers.
Pachasaale School for Green Thinking
Considering the changing needs of the local communities, the Board of DDS has decided to revamp the school and inaugurated PachaSaale Community Hub for Green vision and Life Skills and it visions to impart in children and youth the principles of ecology so that they will grow to become responsible citizens with sensitivity towards environment and conservation of natural resources .......
Revolutionizing Women's Narratives
In the conference " Micro Narratives of Change" General Narsamma boldly put forth her views on the role of community media and how Sangham radio had made significant changes in her community.......
Na Telangana - Na Vyavasayam
Bearing the beacons of hope, the Millet Sisters start their march to chase the darkness invading the lives of thousands of small and marginal farmers of Telangana. It is this time of the year when the inspiring songs and igniting slogans echo in the interiors of the Deccan. 'Na telangana Na Vyavasayam' shouts the young women of the DDS sanghams as they go around the villages in the Zaheerabad region to sensitize farmers on ecological agriculture practices ahead of the next sowing season of Kharif......
SAGE letter to Minister, MoEF
First it was cotton. Then the net spread to Golden Rice. Then mustard. And now sorghum. The extremely strategic expansion of GM conspiracy is now out in the open. SAGE warned about 15 years ago, the introduction of Bt cotton was only a precursor to test policy waters in India and see how it responds to the entry of Bt into the farming landscape of this country ......
India's first community radio stilll makes the right connect
Sangham which went on air in 2008, continues its two-hour broadcast in Telugu and reaches out to people of 150 villages in Telangana. Musaligari Nagamani, a farmer, is listening to the radio sitting a few inches away from her as she cooks dinner on firewood in her tiled-roof house. The broadcast in Telugu is peppered with local collaquialisms and slang ......
The shrine of DDS Smt Anjamma, received the second national award -The Plant Genome Savior Farmers Reward by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India on April 19 2017. The award ceremony was held at Champaran in Bihar. Mr Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister in New Delhi commended Anjamma for her remarkable contribution to agriculture by preserving and conserving more than 80 varieties of seeds which are the plant genetic resources. Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers Rights Authority, India (PPVFRA) in recognition to her efforts rewarded her with Rs 1.5 lakhs and a memento. DDS believes that his recognition is not just for Anjamma but to the practice of thousands of DDS women who are the seed banks of their communities and whose fields are a demonstration of rich biodiversity. Anjamma is one great example of the DDS communities where women have been thriving to stay sovereign to breath life into the concept of agro ecology .
Jai Chandiram Memorial
DDS' Community Media Trust has hosted India’s first festival of films made by members of disadvantaged local communities - Jai Chandiram Memorial 1st National Community Media Film Festival 2017 on February 12 2017 at Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK), Didigi village, Zaheerabad. The women of CMT have traveled a long way from being people who were always sidelined by the mainstream media and refused a media space of their own to indisputable media professionals breaking the barriers of poverty......
DDS SANGHAM ORGANICS
The DDS Sangham Organics is country's first orgnaic market run by women farmers. This farmer's maket is another dimension of the Deccan Development Society's discourse on control. In the age of globalisation, where market and media work in tandem to shape people's ideas on food and agriculture, the need for strong alternative markets has never before been felt so acutely. Such a need, coupled with the importance of the poor creating their own markets and defying the dictates of the mainstream market can bring a sea - change in the relationship between the poor and market.
Drumstic & Flax Seed Leaves
FARM TO HOME
Understanding the urban needs, Sangham Organics came up with the ‘Mobile Van’ service for urban customers who can now avail its authentic organic products with more convenience. This mobile market will not only make shopping easy but also bring to you the 100% organic products grown by DDS’ farmers in Zaheerabad region directly from their farms to your homes. This attempt of DDS is to genuinely promote consumption of millets and other food crops grown through organic and bio diverse farming that are rich in nutrition, among urban population who are often prone to high level adulterated food products available in mainstream markets..........
My Best Gift, Ever:
"We don't need to do that anymore. Every family has food security now."
Safflower is an agricultural and food marvel. They are the only oilseeds which HAVE ZERO transfats, a major concern in heart conditions. Even more amazing is the fact that when cold pressed, safflower seeds are believed to scrape off cholesterol from human Jeart. Ayurvedic experts say that, when safflower oil is produced using traditional ghanuga [crusher] they exhibit anti cholesterol properties. Safflower oil is rich in Vitamin E and helps lower Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease...