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LINGU BAI: ENTREPRENEUR AND COTTON FARMER (from the blog fairtrade farmers of india on


“Have you met Lingu Bai?” was the question we were asked from the time we entered Adilabad district in Telangana. Lingu Bai, it seems, is a bit of a legend in her village, and with good reason. In 2007, she became a Fairtrade-certified farmer with Chetna Organic. Since then, she has not only done well with her cotton farm, but also become an entrepreneur by starting a poultry business. She took a loan from the Fairtrade Premium committee and has paid off most of it, owing to the low-interest rate and the success of her business.

Weaving livelihood through cultivating organic cotton (Aricle originally appeared on The Hindu , March 21, 2013)

The CEO of the farmers’ company is hired by the farmers’ cooperative.

Tentulipada, a small village in Kalahandi district in interior Odisha, is predominantly a dry area. Known for poverty and a harsh dry climate, the tillers there could hardly lead a comfortable livelihood.
Till some years back the entire village was cultivating cotton. The gamble on the crop was accompanied by a baggage of external, expensive, and often toxic inputs in the form of pesticides and fertilizers. But today this entire village is into organic cultivation.

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