companies availability outsourced
could not implement this due to increased production demands and non
suitable farmers. these companies in
Most of the villages where 2006-07 are new villages. The
growers are also
In Andhra Pradesh during the 2006-07 season Bayer has given production to only old farmer from 2005-06. All other farmers are new to the company and thus Bayer to start the entire awareness campaign from zero again. . Both companies have organised a series of meetings with growers, organisers and
organisers in AP to sensitise them on the issue of child labour. Pamphlets and leaflets local languages were distributed to farmers requesting them not to use child labour.
As part of implementing the `target 400 plan` Bayer conducted two training programmes on best agricultural practices to enhance the productivity and safer handling of pesticides in August 2006 for its growers: one for farmers in AP and one for farmers in Karnataka. For safe handling of pesticides, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was distributed by the company to all the growers free of cost. The implementation of the credit support scheme was confined to Andhra Pradesh only. This season about 40% of the farmers received credit from banks with an 8% interest rate. The company had some difficulty in implementing this scheme due to non-cooperation from its seed organisers (most of the seed organisers are also money lenders and if farmers get credit from the banks they lose their business). Though initially it was not included as part of the action plan, Monsanto also implemented a credit support programme for its farmers in AP and Tamilnadu. In the state of AP Bharati Seeds, which organised the entire company’s production, distributed credit to farmers at the rate of 12% per annum. In Tamilnadu the company provided bank linkages to the farmers to get the credit at the 8% per annum.
In order to recognize the effort of growers who did not use any child labour, it was decided to place boards with the message of ‘Child Labor Free Cotton Farm` in their plots. Monsanto placed 100 boards in different villages and Bayer six boards in one village in AP.
One positive development during the 2006-07 season is that both companies made serious efforts to motivate the farmers not to employ children. When children were found in CCP field visits there was a follow up action to persuade those farmers who employed children to replace them. Some farmers have responded positively to these requests by replacing the children immediately.
Process followed to resolve border line (age doubtful) cases The CCP field level team along with company staff, representatives of organisers/sub- organisers, and local NGOs (representatives of local NGOs were included at some places) made frequent visits to farms and conducted joint field inspections. When children were found in the farms this information was recorded in field inspection data sheets and signed by all members of the joint team. For ‘doubtful cases’ found during