“The soul of India lives in its villages”, said Gandhiji. If villages don’t prosper, will India?
Fragmentation of farms is the main factor in the deteriorating condition of the farming population. When families become bigger and with each generation, property is split, therefore the earnings become too limited to take care of their families. Across the planet, through increasing yield per acre and better selling, the separation of farms has been compensated. In India, however, water shortage, outdated farming methods, a lack of training in modern farming techniques and inadequate remuneration rates have caused considerable distress among farmers.
Further, the victory-at-any-cost politics has led to unrealistic as well as unfulfilled promises and commitments made to farmers. Confronting and pressurizing the government to gain farm loan waivers and free electricity are, at-best, short-term palliative.
Year by year, farmers are at the mercy of the weather gods. Continuous water shortage for drinking and farming looms. Much rainwater becomes run-off due to a shortage of drainage and water harvesting. Searching for water aquifers, thousands of bore wells suck out water going deeper and deeper. The water tables are depleting quickly.
A historical void is the lack of marketing acumen, as well as knowledge-beyond-the-farms. There are gaps in the farming community in access to credit, marketing, manufacturing, storage, supply chain, and post-harvest management that allow intermediaries to take advantage of and reduce farmers’ incomes.
Along with crop insurance and subsidies for food security, small, innovative interventions that bridge the existing gaps can have a big impact. Technology must play a major role in improving lives.
‘Many Problems, One Solution’ – Global Parli
Mass Plantation of fruit trees is the best, easiest and fastest method to serve the farmers, the nation and the world in multiple ways. These plantations are to be carried out for improving the environment and not boosting political propaganda. This can further be supported by the rapidly increasing irrigation facilities. However, not only the planting of trees would be sufficient, but the progress of these plantations should be monitored.
Using ICT and other technologies, our model of mass plantation proposes changing cropping patterns in farms. It also helps in replacing traditional methods with modern agriculture and plantation on a large scale to attract the market. This will help the farmers in building a partnership with the agri-business ecosystem. Therefore, this prepares farmers to face emerging challenges that could be a threat in near future
Written By: Global Parli Research Team