KRRS welcomes farmers’ leaders from across India at Memorial Day of Professor Nanjundaswamy – February 13th, 2014

Leaders of BKU Punjab learn about biofertilizer on a visit to an agrecological farm nearby to Srirangapatna, Karnataka
Mr. Rakesh Tikait of BKU Uttar Pradesh observes sugarcane produced through zero-budget natural farming. He even tasted and confirmed it was sweet!

KRRS welcomed farmers’ leaders from all over India this February when a birth memorial event took place at Amritha Bhoomi, in Chamarajnagar Karnataka. Amritha Bhoomi was the dream of late Professor Nanjundaswamy – an agroecology school and center for inquiry into agriculture and development – so it was only fitting that his birthday be celebrated at the campus. Before the event took place, farmers from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh visited local examples of agroecology.

President Chamarasa Mali Patil inaugurates the Memorial
Flag is raised by Sellamuthu of Tamil Nadu and Hasiru Sene Captain
KT Gangadhar greets Lokwal from Punjab and Ajmer Singh Gil from Punjab. Joining them is Sellamuthu from Tamil Nadu.

In loving memory of Professor MD Nanjundaswamy, co-founder of KRRS and staunch advocate for farmers’ rights and dignity, farmers came from across Karnataka to participate in the program.

Speeches were given by many guests: Chukki Nanjundaswamy, Lokwal Singh (Punjab), Yudhvir Singh (Delhi), Rakesh Tikait (UP), Pacche Nanjundaswamy, KT Ganghadar, Nagendra, Sellamuthu (Tamil Nadu), Devison (Kerala), and many others. Local MLA Puttanaiah, of Pandavpur, also came in support.

After the event, the movement leaders held an all-India coordination committee of farmers movements meeting, where topics such as Agreement on Agriculture at the WTO, Land Acquisition Act, trainings for women and youth, and subregional coordination were addressed. Farmers continue the fight for food sovereignty, holding the memory of our late Professor close!

Cultural program of movement songs
Nagendra (General Secretary of KRRS), Chamarasa Mali Patil (President), Chukki Nanjundaswamy, and Girish (Hasiru Sene Vice-Captain) prepare the day’s program
Women from the KRRS Women’s Wing stand at the memorial of Professor Nanjundaswamy and his wife Prathima.