Pooja Chaudhuri Chaudhuri
The only fiction I enjoy is in books and movies.
Adding to the list of farmers’ plights is another story from Madhya Pradesh.
A farmer from a village in the Dindori district of the state is forced to use his minor sons and himself as means to plough his field as his oxen died and government schemes failed to help, reported Bhopal Samachar. His oxen had died in July, forcing him to take the drastic step.
The farmer did not get government subsidies as sellers of agricultural equipment placed orders in his name to get subsidy which never reached him. The failure of government schemes reaching such farmers due to dishonest bureaucracy is another reason for their threatening condition.
He is using his sons to plough the field who should be enrolled in schools and receiving a good education.
For five consecutive times, Madhya Pradesh has received the Agriculture Karman Award from the Indian government for continuous advancement in the field. It is one of the top states when it comes to the production of potatoes, garlic, onions, etc.
In June, MP farmers had thrown milk, fruits and vegetables on the street as a sign of protest because wasting the produce was more profitable for them than actually selling them. Earlier, farmers had to pay money to sell their potatoes because their prices were so low.
Last month, a similar news made rounds where a Madhya Pradesh farmers, due to financial incapacity, was driven to take the help of his two daughters to plough the fields. Since he did not have the money to buy oxen, his daughters quit their studies to help him farm. Another farmer in Uttar Pradesh took it upon himself to plough the field despite having only one hand.
The Logical Indian community is disheartened at the plight of farmers in India. Despite the ongoing farmer agitations across the country, the situation seems grim. It is unfortunate that Indian farmers are living amidst a crisis despite being the providers of the food that we consume every day and we urge the central and state governments to speedy measures and improve the condition of our farmers.
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