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In Tamil Nadu 4,000 farmers likely to be adopted by Hyderabad-based Terra Greens

Terrace Greens will also give a buy-back guarantee to these farmers and train and support them in organic agricultural practices

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Hyderabad, Sept 04, 2016: Hyderabad-based Terra Greens founder and Director Likitha Bhanu on Sunday pledged to adopt 4,000 farmers across Tamil Nadu.

She made the announcement at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Centre for Sustainable Rural Development & Research Studies (CSRD-RS) during the second edition of the Agri Expo.

Terra Greens range of 99 organic staples products is focused on nutrition for the urban Indian.

“Our first step is helping these 4,000 farmers to achieve Organic Farming Certification and documentation and expand their prowess to grow organic rice and millets,” said Likitha, a Biotechnology alumina of VIT.

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“Tamil Nadu is a rare oasis of organic and sustainable agriculture and we are happy to welcome 4,000 new farmers in Terra Greens family,” she added.

Terrace Greens will also give a buy-back guarantee to these farmers and train and support them in organic agricultural practices.

This effort is part of our growth strategy to increase the area under rice and millet cultivation, she added.

Terra Greens staples products have gained wide market acceptance in a number of Indian cities.

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Terra Firma Projects founded by Likitha Bhanu and her mother in 2013, has a tie-up with 2,000 farmers across five Indian states to procure organic produce.

The company is in talks to raise its first round of institutional funding to expand its production, distribution and new product portfolio, said a company statement.

Currently, Terra Greens has a team of 25 full-time employees, 150 daily-wage workers, and 3,000 farmers.

The company has its presence in 16 states with its products available in over 300 stores. (IANS)

 

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Jayalalithaa’s death: Apollo submits documents

The mystery still continues after Apollo submitted treatment related documents

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The death of Amma continues to be a mystery. Wikimedia commons
The death of Amma continues to be a mystery. Wikimedia commons
  • OPS was the first top AIADMK leader to allege that no one was allowed access to Amma.
  • Ministers and party leaders had various version of the scenario.
  • Following all this, an inquiry commission was set up to probe the matter.
Sasikala has been alleged of not allowing access to anyone while Amma was in hospital. IANS
Sasikala has been alleged of not allowing access to anyone while Amma was in the hospital. IANS

On Friday, Apollo Hospitals submitted two suitcases packed with documents related to the treatment given to J. Jayalalithaa to an inquiry commission set up to probe her death. The commission was also set up to investigate the circumstances that led to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalization and her treatment.

The commission, headed by retired high court judge Justice Arumugasamy, followed by several ministers and party members alleged that they were not allowed to meet the AIADMK chief while she was in the hospital.

V.K. Sasikala’s advocate Raja Senthurapandian has been ordered by the panel to appear before it on 22nd January.

You may also like: All you need to know about T.T.V Dinakaran

Background

After O Panneerselvam alleged that ‘there’s more’ to Jayalalithaa’s death, what followed was a mirage of statements from several party leaders and ministers. The various version came up regarding the scenario of Amma’s treatment.

Opposition DMK had demanded a CBI inquiry.

OPS’s role

OPS was the first leader who came out with allegations against Sasikala, Wikimedia commons
OPS was the first leader who came out with allegations against Sasikala, Wikimedia commons

O Panneerselvam was the first top AIADMK leader to allege that there’s more to the death of Amma. All of it wasn’t made public, he said. OPS also said he wasn’t allowed to meet Jayalalithaa.

The inquiry commission was set up after the AIADMK merger of EPS and OPS factions.

The inquiry was a pre-condition for the merger set by OPS. This was seen as to move to target Sasikala as she was the only one who was allowed access to Amma, at the hospital.

Panneerselvam had also accused Sasikala of ‘forcing him’ to resign when he was the acting Chief Minister. The picture which came up was, Sasikala is trying to assume power.

Also read: Iron Lady of India: Jayalalithaa was an inspiration for Women

Ministers and party leaders

Observing the differences between the ruling AIADMK leaders, Opposition took advantage to demand a CBI enquiry. Wikimedia commons
Observing the differences between the ruling AIADMK leaders, Opposition took advantage to demand a CBI enquiry. Wikimedia Commons

The inquiry commission was lost in a maze of contradictions as various ministers had various versions of Jayalalithaa’s treatment at Apollo Hospital.

Forest Minister Dindigul Sreenivasan: Sasikala’s family manipulated Jayalalithaa’s treatment and also prevented access to VIP visitors like Arun Jaitley and Rahul Gandhi. This was done to ensure so that the truth about her hospitalization doesn’t come out. Only Sasikala and her family had access to Amma. Even the ministers weren’t allowed.

Tourism Minister Vellamandi N. Natarajan: He repeated the charge. “The truth is that none of us saw Jayalalithaa during that period of hospitalization. We only saw her body when it was brought out of the hospital lift on December 4 night.” said the minister.

Whereas Cooperation Minister Sellur K. Raju differed on the matter. “All of us, ministers, saw Jayalalithaa when she was undergoing treatment at Apollo. This is the truth,” he said.

P Vetrivel, a disqualified MLA from Dinakaran’s camp had released a video in December last year which show Amma resting on her hospital bed and sipping fruit juice while watching TV. He said it’s untrue that no one met Jayalalithaa during her treatment days. Dinakaran claims the video was shot by Sasikala herself.