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......
Delhi Declaration on MILLETS
The 5th National Convention on Millets was held on November 29-30, 2016 at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library(NMML) at Teen Murthi Bhavan, New Delhi. The two day National Convention also becomes an occasion for the launch of the National Network of Millet Sisters with about 5000 women farmers membership. The convention mainly focused on the promises made in the National Food security Act that promises the supply of 7kgs of millets along with wheat and rice to all the PDS card holders. While this is a laudable step by the government of India the responsibility of implementation of this clause is the complete responsibility of state governments, thereby lies the crux of the current problem even after 3 years of the National Food Security Act. Except for Karnataka no other state government has implemented this provision.
DDS Women at Food Secure Canada
Food Secure Canada, a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty had invited a delegation of farmers and food activists from Deccan Development Society. The delegation consisting of Sammamma, Lakshmamma , Mayuri and Tejaswi which has returned yesterday has done extensive work in reporting food security issues in India. They have particularly focused on trying to locate their work as a futuristic model for Global Food Security......
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......
MINI NATIONAL CAMPAIGN
Millet Network of India thanks the August Parliament of India for having
passed the National Food Security Act, on this same day three years ago.
MINI partners through their collective campaign and through their
continuous dialogues with central government made it possible for
millets; the coarse cereals of the dry land population of India to enter
Public Distribution System(PDS) through a provision made for them in
THE ENVIRONMENTAL WEEK
With a full throated pledge that they will be faithful to millets, a group of over 100 people committed themselves to the cause of millets as they inaugurated the first ever Millet Nutrition Counseling Center in India at Zaheerabad in Medak district of Telangana. This event was a climax of a weeklong celebration of World Environment Day by Deccan Development Society, an organisation which has been working with small and marginal women farmers, primarily Dalits in the semi arid region of Medak district. While the inauguration of the Millet Nutrition Counseling Center was a brand new initiative by the Deccan Development Society, the launch of a series of organic manure centers heralded the beginning of the environmental week........
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.........
Maa Telangana - Maa Vyavasayam
We the citizens of Telangana were overwhelmed at the thought of Mana Telangana Mana Vyavasayam which the State government pondered as its step towards Bangaru Telangana. We fondly hoped that this would bring back to us our lost heritage of autonomous agriculture and prosperity which the Telangana people enjoyed for centuries. But the hopes lasted only untill we realized that Mana Telangana Mana Vyavasayam was a false slogan in the sense that it was neither representatie of Telangana nor was it is a people's agriculture.......
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........
Closing Ceremony of 17th Biodiversity Festival
The 17th Mobile Biodiversity Festival closed on 13 February 2016 with an overwhelming participation by hundreds of women farmers, civil society members, policy makers and filmmakers and agro ecology experts from India and abroad. The 16 specially decorated bullock carts after their month long journey across the 35 villages reached Pacha Saale- the Green School near Machnoor village where the closing ceremony took place. ........
Millets or Quinoa!
DDS was the first to kickstart the debate on Quinoa Vs Millets. [Pl see out press note dated August 4, 2015] This was in response to the bankruptcy of middle class minds who were routing for Quinoa, a South American grain knowing nothing about millets the home grown grains that are as nutritious as Quinoa and more than 15 times [yes, 15 times] less expensive than Quinoa. As the Telugu channels ever looking for fancy ideas in preference to valuable ones started airing recipes in favour of Quinoa, anchored by tall, elegantly draped upper class women with their clipped NRI telugu accents, if was clearly visible for us that a new round of war had been waged against the miracle grains called MILLETS. Therefore it is our endeavour to bring a series of truths comparing Quihoa to Millets with reference to their nutrition, taste, ease of processing and cooking.
The Seeds of Revolution
She does not shout slogans and sit on dharnas, she is unlikely to have heard of Marx, and armed rebellion is nowhere on her horizon. Her revolution is embedded in the basics of life: soil, seeds, water, sun, and knowledge born of generations of living with these natural elements......
Millets Commune Shows the way for rain-fed farming
Women farmers preserve seed, give it on barter to fellow farmers.
We, the members of Telangana State Millets Coalition, having met and discussed today about the critical need for regeneration of millets, have come to the following conclusions after a daylong consultation at Hyderabad. When Telangana is grapping with the opportunity and challenges of building a Bangaru Telangana (Golden Telangana) its path must be made of Millets..........
Establish a Committee of Traditional Agriculture Experts for Telangana
Establish a Committee of Traditional Agriculture Experts for Telangana and mandate them to find out the principles followed by the traditional Telangana farmers and discover how they have built a brilliant agriculture that produces Biodiversity, increased grains and fodder output from their dryland farms and produces a concept of uncultivated food for more food output for their people...........
Declare Telangana as Millet State and Millets as Telangana State Crop - DDS & MINI Demands Chief Minister of Telangana
Telangana should cultivate millet crop without irrigation emphasises the need to rethink the State's agricultureal policies becomes very urgent. Telangana is starved of water as well as funds to construct new irrigation projects. The answer to both of these problems lie in concentrating on millet crops which can grow very well without irrigation even on poor soils. Raising a hectare of rice is tantamount to spending all the water needed by a village for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning etc these amount to a criminal waste of water. Millets, on the other hand, grow without irrigation and are store houses of nutrition..........
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.
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
A CHARTER OF MEEDODDI VINODA
PICK OF THE MOBILE BIODIVERSITY FESTIVAL 2016
We celebrated the17th Annual Mobile Biodiversity Festival from January 14th till Februarey 13th. This was an occasion not only for the DDS communities to celebrate their amazing agrobiodiversity but also create a space for scientists, policy makers, environmental and social activists to articulate their views on biodiversity per se, its science and social implications and the way forward to address all these issues for a biodiverse future for this country.
DECLARATION ON MILLETS
The IV National convention on Millets sincerely thanks the August Parliament of India for having passed the National Food Security Act, and wants to remind the honorable parliamentarians that the spirit of the Act is still not being realized because of the failure of Food Corporation of India and the State governments to procure and supply millets in PDS...........
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..........
A Day with Sangham Radio
The women show a great deal of concern about how they are represented in media. They described the perceived difference between when they make videos or audio reports versus the one make by outsiders. Outsiders come with all the shots planned out and a few words they want the women to say, all decided before the filmmaker even arrives. Then wehn the video is finished, it seems like the women had made the filmmakers point.........
International Seed Day
On this day, the Millet Network of India in association with Deccan Development Society voiced the concerns of millions of farmers across the country and give an expression to their angst about the way their seed are being appropriated by big business interests.........
Banking on Millet Magic
Deccan Development Society empowers women farmers through seed banking and marketing. The series on millets would be incomplete if it does not talk about the people who have been playing a pivotal role in not only protecting the grains but also projecting the importance of including them in our daily food.........
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...