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Farmer suicides need to be stopped immediately
Farmer suicides should be one of the most serious concerns of the state and central governments -..

FARMERS ARE the backbone of India’s economy. They live a normal and a simple live. They form country’s largest force in terms of numbers. But today the Indian farmer is neglected. They live in extreme poverty. Once considered a high income industry now the return from land is nothing. Even worse they cannot hope the return of their money spent on agriculture. The farmers who are unable to repay the loans are forced to end their lives, leaving the family high and dry.

Today Indian farmer is dependent on many people to secure his produce. The farming needs workers but this new working culture, even workers are hard to find. Everybody works to get payments. But it is a sorry affair in farming. The farmer is forced to seek the help of machines which are in huge demand.

A famer uses fertilizers like urea and potash for growing paddy. The use of these chemical based fertilizers give high yield but at the same time destroy the soil and pose serious health hazards.

The government says that it has a number of schemes to uplift the farmers but they fail to reach the farmers when he needs them most. The middleman walks away with cash, adding insult to the injuries of a poor farmer.

The farmers have to be aware of scientific methods about farming. The KVK in districts gives training methods to farmers. The farmers have to have farm associations to get latest technologies in farming. This will reduce their travelling time to meet officials. They can use drip irrigation methods to save water. More organic farming gives good yield to farmers. It fetches value for his produce. The farmers can use Internet, Facebook, and Twitter to market their products. The united farming community helps each other.

The governments should take a serious look at farmer suicides and set up an agriculture expert committee to inquire about the issues. If government fails to act, then farmers will have to sell all their belongings including land. With new economic policy large tracts of land have been acquired for setting up industries and housing colonies etc. The farmer has no option but to sell his land to a broker who sells it for higher prices. The farming has to be user friendly so that they can know about the latest techniques in local languages. More measures are needed to be taken to make sure that we have the quality production and our farmers are benefitted.

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