National Farmers Day – 23 December
India has traditionally been an agricultural country. Though in the modern times, the realms of manufacturing, IT and technology have made deep inroads into the socio-economic structure of the nation, agriculture continues to be at the heart of it, with the farmer as its soul.
Farming employs a large proportion of the population of India. More than half of the people in the rural areas are associated directly with agriculture. While there are farmers who are doing great and earning good, an average Indian farmer continues to be the one under economic distress, even after 70 years of independence.
The farmer is our food giver. He grows gold from the barren lands through his hard work. He toils hard and drains blood and sweat out of his body, to ensure that the nation never falls short of food to eat. But after doing all of this hard work, blood, and sweat, what does he get in return? Unjust returns for his produce – something on the lines of Rs. 12 for a quintal of onions…(yes, this has happened for real!).
What does the father need?
- Water to reach all of his fields.
- Good quality of seeds, manure, and fertilizers at fair prices.
- Capital support in terms of interest-free loans.
- Education to help him make the best out of his land.
- Access to new techniques and technologies in farming.
- Fair price for his produce in the market.
There has been a lot of domain in the public domain about loan waiters for farmers in recent times. Waiving off the Farmers’ loans can be an immediate solution, but a long-term and permanent resolution to the hardships of the Indian farmer can be sought only through strategic steps taken in the above directions.
On the National Farmers’ Day 23rd December, let’s resolve, as a nation, to support our farmers in all the ways possible, and take them towards a life of economic prosperity and dignity.