Week of Rice Action 2007 - Press Releases
MANGALORE: State Swadeshi Jagaran Manch convener Prof B M Kumaraswamy said that 'A Week of Rice Action', with the theme ‘Keep India GM Free’ from ‘Amai Mane’ will begin on March 27, in Mithabagilu, Belthangadu Taluk. It is aimed at creating awareness on the indigenous paddy varieties.
The programme is organised by the Guruvyankere-based Nagarika Seva Trust and the Karnataka Krishikara Vedike in association with the Thiruvananthapuram- based Thanal Forum.
A conference on Life Patenting entitled “Who Owns Life” was held in Tokyo on 21 March 2007. More than 230 people attended it. At the conference, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho made a presentation about the hazards of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and practices of “Dream Farms” (sustainable agriculture). Workshops were also held during the one-day conference. The topics of the workshops included WORA, saving seeds, intellectual property rights, and WTO/FTA. Similar conferences were also held in Osaka and Fukuoka (on March 24 and 26).
The Week of Rice Action (WORA) will take off from Thakkolam, Tamil Nadu where women and farmers will get on bicycles and bullock carts and travel to villages in the state shouting anti-GMO slogans as well as bearing the message “Save Our Rice” when the campaign kicks off on March 28th 2007.
16 March 2007 – Dhaka – The Week of Rice Action (WORA) 2007 was launched in the farming village of Nallapara about 100 km from Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 13 March with the 3,000 Nayakrishi farmers and their families. The people thronged there from various districts in the country just to be a part of the WORA Asia launch, bearing testimony to their dedication to saving their rice heritage.
Come March 29th, thousands of Asians will rally together to save the rice of Asia. From China to the Philippines, Sri Lanka to Pakistan, people from every walk of life will unite for the Week of Rice Action.
16 March 2007 – Dhaka - The Week of Rice Action (WORA) 2007 was officially inaugurated amidst much colour, joyous celebration and excitement in the humble village of Nallapara in the district of Tangail in Bangladesh on 13 March. Three thousand farmers from several districts in the country converged in the village, 100 km from Dhaka, to participate in the launch.
16 March 2007 – Dhaka - Thirty one local journalists attended a press conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 14 March 2007, on the launch of the Week of Rice Action 2007 in Asia.
Addressing the media were Palash Baral, Senior Researcher of UBINIG; Clare Westwood, Campaign Coordinator of Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP); Usha S. of Thanal, network partner of PAN AP in India; Shima Das of UBINIG; and rice farmers; Abdul Jalil and Rupashi Begum.
Farmers in Naruko, Miyagi Prefecture in Japan held a rice festival on 4th March, 2007. It was a celebration of the farmers own rice variety that was harvested for the first time last year, after being bred by a local agricultural research centre.
The local businesses here such as hotels and restaurants support this rice variety and are serving it at their outlets.
The Alternative Agricultural Network (AAN),Surin ecological zone, together with the Green Market Committee of Surin, the Project on Capacity Building of Surin Farmers, AAN and RRAFA(Reclaiming Rural Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Action), co-organised an event under the theme “Renewing the Spirit of Native Seeds and Eating Safe Food” on February 24, 2007, at Suan Raksa(Raksa Garden).