Worried about food security?Take a look at this website.
Mind blowing isn't it? A blog that actually tracks the number of farmers who are committing suicides in Vidarbha.
Quoting from Wikipedia, There are more than 32,000 farmers suicides in Maharashtra in a decade, of which 70% being in the 11 districts of Vidarbha region . Mind you, these are the reported cases.
The reasons of suicide are mainly high debts, crop failure due to drought and the policies of our government.
The aid provided by our government, is squandered as demonstrated by this article.
Quoting from the article:
The PIL alleged of 10,637 families, only 2,924 families were deserving of aid and that farmers with political links had gained from the package.
The funds were meant for families of farmers who had committed suicide, farmers who fall below the poverty line and to landless labourers.
The petition alleged that the financial package, announced by the PM in June 2006, never really reached the real beneficiaries. The aid was illegally claimed by well-to-do farmers, the petition alleged.
Another form of relief from the Maharashtra government came as a fixed compensation fees of Rs 1 lakh given to the families of debt ridden farmers who kill themselves.
This had perversely severe consequences, when the villagers started murdering their own family members passing them off as suicides, in order to get the government aid.
It is excellently presented in this article. (Do read, this is truly amazing)
Quoting from the article:
Villagers in the same district say that a 39-year-old man had killed his 60-year-old father and passed off the murder as suicide. The reason is somewhat complex. The assailant's wife, with the complicity of her own husband, was having an affair with a villager, and the old man had one day caught the two in a compromising position. Before the old man could create trouble, his son killed him by first strangulating him and then shoving pesticide into his mouth. Next morning, he announced that his father had committed suicide. And even got relief, according to the villagers.
The problems we face, like Pesticides in food, are petty and insignificant compared to the plight of these farmers, who have to struggle to survive and feed their families.
We care so much about our food, we are overlooking the ones who provide it to us.
1.Provide the farmer with the basic necessities of life.
2.Give him a purpose, shift his paradigm from surviving, to providing the population with quality food.
Of course, I may be wrong, and if you think so, please feel free to express yourself. Your thoughts and opinions will be deeply appreciated, and your criticisms, even more so.