The above picture is the latest picture of a hilly landless farmer which clearly shows that how many Indian farmers have left behind in the race of life. The Recent killing of 5 agitating farming in police firing in the state of Madhya Pradesh has again highlighted the issue of the bad condition of Indian farmers.
About 9 years back, I raised this issue in my article Condition of Indian Farmers and appealed to the decision makers to look into this matter because of millions of farmers committing suicide due to the high financial burden. However, many governments came and gone without solving the problem of Indian farmers. Due to this reason, the problem of Indian farmers has become so bad that they have no option left in their hands except committing suicide.
Two years back, I again wrote an article (Worst (Poor) Condition of Indian Farmers) and Why Indian farmers are in distress? by highlighting some of the important points which are responsible for the bad condition of the Indian Farmers. In this article, it clearly came out that large numbers of farmer want to leave farming because of no profit present in farming.
|Struggling Indian Farmer|
Recently, I heard a farmer leader on TV who said that farmers condition has become so worst that no one wants to give a girl to a farmer for marriage and he was very angry at the present situation of the farmers.
While in the developed countries of the world, farming is a rewarding occupation and farmers are very wealthy and in opposite to it, farming is in very bad shape in India and 57% of Indian farmers are below poverty line as per the government of India report.
Now, Why the condition of Indian Farmer is so bad? Then, the answer is very simple that majority of Indian farmers are not able to earn a respectable income from farming. In the majority of cases, farmers even do not get back their cost of production.
Moreover, this is not a story of the single year and situations are becoming worse due to the constant increase in the cost of seeds, labor, fertilizers, pesticides etc. Many farmers in India take loans to do farming; however, when they fail to earn even what they paid to raise the crop then they find themselves trapped in a financial burden and sometimes under the pressure commit suicides.
On the one hand, governments offer so many incentives and cheap loans for the corporates, on the other side, they fail to address even the basics needs of the Indian farmers. I do not advocate loan weavers or similar incentives for the farmers; however, at least something needs to be done for the farmers so that they earn assured profit from their crops and live a respectful life.
Time has come when our government needs to think about the bad condition of Indian farmers and create solutions to address this problem.