India is largely an agriculture-dependent nation and agriculture is the backbone of our nation’s economy. It is the farmers who work incessantly in the sun and rain to produce food for everyone. There is no food without a farmer. However, crop failure or poor profitability due to a plethora of climatic, natural and man-responsible causes a lot of distress to the farmers.
Also today, chemical-infested, mechanical cultivation methods are robbing nutrients and adding toxins to our meals. From “Food is the best medicine, today the adage is shifting to “Food can be poison” due to rampant adulteration, chemical ripening and addition of dyes and colours to enhance appearance. This picture has to change if we want a healthier Generation Next.
It is necessary to change the paradigm of agriculture by turning back the sands of time and reverting to the traditional and eco-friendly ways of farming, advocated in our Vedas since ancient times. The small-scale farmer wants to return to the traditional and organic way of farming but is unable to do so because he is afraid of getting swamped by the allied costs of natural farming.
To work towards sustainability in agriculture, we have to work towards a partnership with the farmer in such a way that both can get benefits and prosper.
Together, we can bring about a transformation in the condition of farmers in our country. By showing faith in their prospects and investing in agro-activity at the beginning of the season, we can keep their finances rolling when money is needed for seed, manure and other supplies and traditional procedures like tilling, ploughing etc. We can provide them with an economic safety net to fall back on.
We can integrate these sons of the soil with the mainstream and improve their quality of life and their social status.