Farmers are the backbone of India. India is an agrarian country. We are mostly dependent on agriculture. However, The Plight of Indian Farmers says otherwise. The farmers of India are usually in limelight for their suicides that come in news. Today, the farmers of India are also being talked about due to 2020 Farm Bill issue and protests.
“In the winter’s chill or the summer’s heat, Farmers work so that the world can eat.”
As all of us know that our prime needs in life are food, cloth & shelter. Among this, food is the most important need in our life. No food means no sense for cloth and shelter because we won’t be alive without food, isn’t it? And we all very well know from where the food comes, from the farmers.
FARMER – farmer is an Agricultural person engaged in agriculture raising living organisms for food or raw materials.
The Life of Farmers
At the beginning of civilization, the farmers came up with lots of facilities for survival in the world.
The farmers of India are the hardest worker in the world. They heavily indulge in their farming work and lead a life of simplicity. They work continuously both in the sunlight and the rain. Also, they always pray for their crops to grow good and fantastic.
The farmers don’t have any greed for any gold, silver or any other precious material things. They believe in their work they live simple life. Being a part of a farmer’s family, I can feel their simplicity and hard work for their crops.
However, the financial conditions of the farmers are not so good. They are still facing poverty. As a result, they face difficulty in arranging proper meal two times a day. It’s a serious problem for our farmers. The farmers feed our country but the sad news of them committing suicide regularly comes up. This is because they don’t get the proper price for their hard work & hence, are not able to repay their debts.
Farmers’ social life is quite joyful. Though they don’t earn much money, still they enjoy all the festivals with simplicity. Moreover, they enjoy the company of mother nature.
Why are farmers called the backbone of our country?
- As we all know that for the country’s progress, its GDP should be reasonable and agriculture is one of the most important parts of the Indian economy. Besides, around 72% of our population is dependent upon agriculture.
- Data reveal that the Indian agricultural sector accounts for 18% of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
- The agricultural sector, an important sector of the Indian economy, employees over 60% of the population.
By now, we know that agriculture will flourish only when healthy crops grow. And the crop will not grow until farmers come to the field. Besides, without farmers, we cannot fulfil the need for food and without food, we cannot survive.
The food that our farmers grow is also exported to foreign countries which have proven advantageous to our economy.
The farmers are a symbol of dedication. They can work in any circumstance and we should learn from them.
Problems of our farmers
- The most serious problem is that the landholdings they have for farming are small and fragmented.
- The farmers don’t get a reasonable price for their crops and this is the biggest issue nowadays.
- The quality of the seeds is not good.
- Dealing with local traders and middlemen.
- The irrigation facility is a major obstacle to healthy and productive farming.
- There is also a lack of proper storage facility.
- In addition, there is a problem of fertilizer and manure as the farmers are not able to afford it.
This is one of the best quotes said by the founder of Microsoft, Bill gates.
“I know there’s a farmer out there somewhere who never wants a PC and that’s fine with me.”
It will not be wrong to say farmers go beyond the duty to deliver their work as the weather condition may change.
Well, we have to understand how important farmers are for our nation. Accordingly, the government should focus on their problems so that they can easily live their life like any other citizen. Meanwhile, also visit our blog Why is the Indian Economy Still Developing?