"It is thus with farming, if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work" - is the words rom Cato the Elder who was a Roman senator and historian. These words are now relevant not just for farmers but also for the authorities who are indirectly responsible for farmer suicides.
Each and every late act of the officers results in the denial of fulfilling basic needs of farmers which ultimately ends in his suicide. In India which is famous for its diversities, we do have millions of ways to tackle the issue from a small step of putting bio waste in proper pits from where bio fertilizers can be produced, to the conscious and pretty risky steps to pledge your land and get loan which in near future can be closed from the returns that same land give to farmers. Let us have a discussion about the issue which is a plague that affects nearly 60% of Indians directly and rest indirectly.
The free India in 1947 was poor without enough cultivable land and nutrition for daily living. Frequent famines made the situation worst and from there a ray of hope was gifted by American agronomist Dr. Norman Borlaug, Indian geneticist M. S. Swaminathan, and many others. The Revolution in Green changed the face of India with help of advanced technologies in agriculture, effective fertilizers and chemicals and adopted high yielding varieties of seeds which resulted in a better India indeed when it comes to agricultural productivity.
The backbone of Indian economy is not yet stabilized though it is contributing 14% of the overall GDP. The major problems faced by farmers include
What we can do for these is the million dollar question
Days changed and living pattern changed along with that nature and climate was forced to change which adversely affected agriculture. Everyone among us who ran behind refrigerators, air coolers and other luxuries are the murderers of most of the farmers in India. Since 9500 BCE, people are depending on agriculture for their daily living. Our ancestors knew the importance of farming and that is why they have considered the factors necessary for farming like water(rain), land(earth) etc. equal to God. This was inherited by present generation and that is why in some places we still can see people doing special offering to the God of rain and Mother Earth for their existence in this world which is literally not possible without agriculture. We also have to lend our supporting hands to farmers socially and economically for their wellbeing.
- Parvathy Chandrasekhar