More than an estimated 30,000 farmers protest march from Nashik to Mumbai, travelled an arduous 180 km in the summer heat over six days. The major demands of AIKS (All India Kisan Sabha) are complete loan waiver, profit of 1.5 times input cost for all major agricultural commodities, allocation of forest land under cultivation and compensation for crop destruction.
The government has not done anything to relive them from financial burden as promised so they are left with no option but to express their torment through the protest march.
“ Incredible India” that is how we proudly brand our nation internationally. Indeed, it is truly incredible in lot of ways with people of different religion, beliefs, values, professions living together.
The majority of our country’s population depends on Agriculture. Its first culture, making India unique in its own way.
The life of a farmer is very tough though they feed entire humanity, their life conditions are far from satisfactory. They work very hard day and night in all seasons to fulfil our basic need of Food and clothing (Food, shelter and clothing are three basic needs of human being).
The purpose of writing this article is to highlight some major issues faced by them.
Lack of fair pricing mechanism: there are a lot of fluctuations in the pricing and this is the basic shortfall in the system. if a fair price was ensured to crops then no farmer will suffer. for instance if there is abnormal increase in production(tomatoes, onions etc.) homogenously at all places then the selling price of the corps goes down and the excess crop gets wasted.
Implementation of pricing mechanism will also solve the loan waiver problem.
Unscientific cultivation methods: another reason for bad crops is that farmers are still using traditional methods without factoring in climate change. for example sugarcane a water guzzling crop is grown in areas where scarcity of water and rainfall is present. So the government needs to suggest crop strategy for kharif and rabi cultivation.
Dependence upon nature: for agriculture adequate monsoon is required if rain fall is adequate, agricultural output would be good, otherwise drought situation would lead to negative effect and result will be acute shortage of food.
Literacy: since they are uneducated so often cheated by money lenders which force them to suicide and also they are unware of their legitimate rights such as Minimum Support Price.
Poor hygiene and sanitation: due to illiteracy they have little awareness about the benefits of good hygiene. Also there is Improper sewage disposal system in villages.
Inadequate medical facilities: there is lack of trained doctors, nurses and medical facilities in rural areas.
Absence of integrated farming system
Bad politics and bad economics
Lack of proper irrigation plans
Easy availability of pesticide for poisoning
Some wonder if the farmer issue is as grave as is being pointed out. In my point of view yes it is.
Most of the farmers are simple, hardworking and honest they always remain at the mercy of god. These farmers are like seeds who rot themselves to give fruits and flowers to others.
how sad our feeders die for want of food and justice.
Our government has started many schemes for the benefit of farmers . Let’s hope that these benefits will actually reach them.
when a farmer supplies and fulfils our need, it becomes our duty to make sure his needs are equally met.