My Land Will Never Keep Me and my Child Hungry

My Land Will Never Keep Me and my Child Hungry


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By Baptist Sequeira, Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network


Moodubelle, 30 April 2012: Today in India what is the price of Tomato? Rs 40/kg.  Potato Rs 20/kg, Sugar Rs/kg, Milk Rs 30/ltr, Mutton Rs 400/kg and the list keeps on growing indicating the price rise.  Since almost 10 years we are all just watching only the price is rising but no reduction in price.

 

Let us consider the situation two generations back. Each parent had 6 to 10 children. Along with parents all of them were working in their fields so most of the labor was free. The cultivation was so much that everybody had surplus and were selling it to the market. Most of the food items were less costly and were available in market. More pasture land for the live stock was available and more shepherds had more sheep with them so that abundant mutton was available in the market and for lesser price. Most of the families were raising chicken at their homes. At least 5-10 chickens were there at everyone’s house and for any occasion there was no need of buying chicken from the market.

 

If there was a family of workers which had no faming land to cultivate, even these labor families with additional members were available for the work in the farm. At least few of them were working in the agriculture related works. At the day end they were getting their wages paid in terms of rice, coconut, vegetables or cash from the land owner.

 

But gradually the conditions began to change. In view of making India a super economy, a richer country, policies have been made accordingly. But the policy makers forgot that India is an agricultural country, and has a huge human power which has to be streamlined and utilized in a proper way. They failed in diverting and the population growth of India in a better result oriented direction. They have not been able to foresee and estimate the demand for food with an increasing population and have not taken adequate measures for the production and supply of food.

 

Take the example of foreign policies of Manmohan Singh government. During his tenure, tax on the NRI money was removed.  Globalization started, foreign companies could invest in India and could provide more jobs. More support was given to technical education than supporting agricultural and environment related education. This made more of the farmer’s children to move from village to city colleges and work in cities. Also the number of people going abroad for jobs increased.

 

This increasing trend has manifested serious consequences. People began to send their earnings to their families back in villages who were earlier depending on agriculture. This made the people who were working in farms to work less and less and gradually stop cultivation. Also some of the famer families migrated to cities leaving their land barren and stay with their children in cities.

 

Second example of wrong policies is globalization. It contributed to a technology revolution. It led to the establishment of huge companies in the village areas like Konaje etc. which also lead to more engineering and medical colleges. Factories like cashew nuts peeling, garment etc. forced the people to move to factories instead of working in the fields. Thus, such opportunities attracted the children of famers to get gainful employment compared to the farming activities. These developments have had serious consequences that have adversely affecting the rural economic activities.

 

One side of this problem can be explained. Because of NRI money flow into villages, most of the farmers reduced or almost stopped the farm production. Non availability of farm-labor pushed the farm owners to gradually reduce and in some cases eventually to stop farming that resulted in the increase in fallow land which due to non-cultivation over the years has turned into barren land.

 

With an increasing inflow of NRI money and a taste for luxurious living, people began to build huge and beautiful houses and others followed suit with a competitive vengeance. Raising chicken was given  up so as to keep the surroundings clean. With reduction of farming manure was no longer required for agricultural purpose, hence, it was first the buffaloes and next the cows began to disappear as milk could be purchased from the dairies or available in neat packets. These factors resulted in increasing dependence of the people on market right from milk to poultry products and even vegetables.

 

Second side of the problem has been that the earning capacity of people rose shapely. Every person would have enough money in hand because wages started getting in terms of cash, not in terms of rice or coconuts for labors. Students got jobs and their salary has been better than the earning of a farmer or his production because they are being paid from fairly well. Thus, people have been having more cash in their hand to spend in the market. Even with the increasing inflation, people have no other option but to grumble about it a little and eventually buy the necessities from the market.

 

The reason for highlighting these problems is that  if our society and policy makers notice this problem very late and if  they are ignorant of the adverse effects of such developments coupled with an increasing population, the situation may lead to major unwanted problems for the future of India and our society. The problem of not giving a proper direction to the ever increasing population, a day may come when instead of becoming a super power, India may have to spend years in repairing the damage done to the economy of the country and provide food for millions of Indians.

 

Because in another 10 to 20 years most of the Indians will have at least one crore per small family and money will keep growing with the individuals. And the amount collected by way of tax will not be enough for the government to fulfill the needs of people. People may have enough money to buy food in the market, but what about the supply of food in the market if the food production terribly lags behind?

 

A time may come when people may have to book rice in advance and so other food items such as groceries may be a week in advance.  A day may come when there may not milk in the shop so that people may have to consume black tea. Mutton, chicken etc may have to be sold in smaller quantities. The scarcity of food may eventually lead to looting of the shops and food riots.

 

Whatever the problems, they could be solved by timely intervention by the government, planners and policy makers. Few suggestions are as the following:

 

First of all, all the farm owners should try to grow at least one crop per year by cultivating rice or vegetables or grains, so that they can have a very good quality rice at home. Fresh vegetables can be grown to maintain good health and enjoy seasonal eating traditions like sweet potato, cucumber, during rain, green gram juice during summer and tastiest idlies from home grown black gram.

 

Secondly, the retired employees can plan for a good house back at the farm land.  It would give a tremendous pleasure if they could maintain cows for fresh and healthy milk. A soft cry of a calf at home would refresh the mind every time. Wouldn’t it be beautiful to see a battalion of chicken walk around the house whole day and cocks awakening the household in the morning by its melodious voice?

 

Thirdly, the policy makers must think in many angles while making the policies, which must have foresight by providing a proper direction to the ever increasing population. They must encourage agricultural workers by providing more subsidies, more loans, free medical coverage and providing free good quality veterinary medicines to their cows and fertilizers to their crops. Government must provide extra bonus money to the farmers instead of providing huge funds to unproductive activities. Government must provide good market facilities for the farmers to sell their products without resorting to middle-men.

 

Finally, the present generation parents have a higher responsibility. Parents should think in terms of providing food security. Those people with farming background should make sufficient savings and return to their homes and invest part of their savings in continuing or reviving the farming tradition. The children should be advised in such a way that they must keep the interest in their farming tradition.

 

Mother Earth, that had been fertile and rich but has fallen into disuse and barrenness  cries each day and beacons her children to return to their land and once again drape her in greenery with renewed agricultural activities which would provide them food and security.

 

 

Comments on this Article
Shetty Karunakar, Karkala (Nakare kavarikatte) RESIDENCE in MUMBAI (WORLI) Wed, January-29-2014, 1:37

HI, i have read u r article its very intersting.I too feel agriculture is the future of our LIFE. THANK YOU

Victor Castelino, Boliye/Dubai Thu, May-17-2012, 7:52
With the maximum of two kids in a family, education being their constitutional right and availability of parents\ hard earned money to educate them until they are fed up and prestige issue makes them to migrate to US, Canada, Australia etc, the idea of a \"green revolution\" will die a natural death or if implemented, will go to the grave with the person who implements it. The idea of \"belling the cat\" is very good; but who will \"bell the cat\" and how long? Baptist has given us food for thought; ultimately food for the stomach may have to be imported from Thailand and Vietnam!
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Sun, May-13-2012, 12:25
Talking of models, in addition to Gandhi and Mao models, you may also consider Fukuoka model. For more, read his book one straw revolution. The 1975 best-seller is available free as a pdf.
Simon D Souza, Thirlapalke/Muscat Sun, May-6-2012, 12:31
Debate on agriculture, Plantation, greenery is very good. We can plant anything but who will take away the fruits - God Vanaras (Monkeys). Secondly, labour problems (Other problems, we can keep aside). As long as these problems are not solved especially in Moodubelle and surrounding areas, I think, people will not take any interest in agriculture.
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Sun, May-6-2012, 2:53
...and develop into Farms Resorts. At least three of them have been local political leaders and greater political ambitions. At these future resorts, I will avail unpaid stress-busting services. Further, I suggest that retirees and returnees may do well to acquaint themselves with villagers with wide experience on these subjects. I recommend two D'Souzas, one who has invested in a river side farmhouse named Legend in Kaudoor village and the pther is famous Nakhre Antony, the ex-President of Karkala APMC. (I suspect both are Mudarthas. Mudarthas, you may recall were great farmers, before they took to wine and pretty delicate wives)
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Sun, May-6-2012, 2:51
The future for our twin districts, as I see it, is in emergence of commercially viable muti-crops and multipurpose farms that double as resorts, nature trails and holiday destinations for urban tourists seeking stress-busting healing, leisure and pleasure services. Farms and resorts have already sprung up. I have stays at Soans Farms Resorts, Pandits Spa Resorts on my own itinerary. On a smaller scale, Saby has his hilltop. I have a dozen friends like him, with 10~15 acres of farms spread across twin districts. I advise them to acquire disused and fallow lands from neighbors at right price and develop into Farms
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Sun, May-6-2012, 2:17
This is a topic of great interest for me; so, I am back with more inputs for debate. As Ronald Saby points out, small scale farming is no longer sustainable under our macro-economic market environment. Only those who have money to throw and do not cost-benefit financial analysis but are guided by Gross Personal Happiness Index will venture into raising farms as kitchen gardens in semi-retirement or post-reitement. This assumes that the retires or returnees to villages have hardworking spouses like my sister and Saby s mother. One of my persoanl surveys within Pamboor six years ago has established that 80% of households are hardworking. Either Headman or headwoman is hardworking, seldom both. Only 20% fall in the category of aish-o-araam type. Only, the seed capital has to come from outside or loans. Thatis why horticulture, floriculture and cash crops deliver sustainable profits for a family to live on. Provided health permits. Crops do not fail or not destroyed by wild animals, whom government policies protect more than the farmers who want to control these animals. Unless you are a Salman Khan, or his ilk, you will go to jai for shooting at a wild boar..yyou get the picture..
Baptist Sequeira, Moodubelle Sat, May-5-2012, 3:33
Dear Saby, your idea of planting a fruit plant every year is really great. But how about the same idea we put like this. This year when I go on vacation, I will give a gift to my family " Buying a Mallika" mango plant from Muddana Nursery, Kaup, and planting by saying 2012 gift for my wife. I will spend Rs 5000 more for a drip irrigation for that plant and for 3 year fertilizer because we will be having a well and water tank already so irrigation we should do. Say after 3years when my family goes back to India plant will be yielding few mangoes during the season. 2013 will be a "Badami" mango plant as gift. Say for 5 years 5 gifts. But every year we will be getting return gifts from Trees when we go to home!! In 6th yeargift will be planting pepper to 5 mango trees Rs 5000 for fertilizer. So Both tree and pepper plant will grow and give return gift. Same way we can have abundant plantation at hour homes and make green revolution even if we have a small area of land.
Ronald Saby, Moodubelle/Dubai Sat, May-5-2012, 2:17
Good article by Baptist!! Equally debatable too. We are left with limited hard working people like Philip s sister. Each time I plant new fruit plants...I face hard time convincing my mother...let monkeys take their share and remained is ours. She is upset about monkey menace on her hard work and vigilance! Our country dogs(mongrels?) do not support her chasing monkeys and other animals damaging the harvest. Yet food habits of dogs are upgraded...she brings thorny fish from the market for them and boils it with previous days rice curry for them...otherwise they are least interested in sniffing it! In return poor service! At the age of seventy...worn out knees she works double the daily wagers additionally managing household with high energy level!!! Younger generation (not too young by age now) cannot earn a better living being permanently back home at this stage. Priority list is endless prior shifting back home! Yet money spent on cultivation and farming is much more than worth of the harvest! Leave alone amount spent on types of wells... water level being too low! Considering the price of vegetables and so on..people can afford it better than olden days. Paying Rs. 9 per lit of petrol (my college days) was tougher than paying Rs. 75 today for everyone in our town. And the life goes on…. Making profit by cultivation today is for those self working only using modern machinery, lot of water, fertile land and never dependant on outside labors.
Mark Fernandes, Kattingere/Pune Fri, May-4-2012, 7:29
owners of milk processing plants and the farmer has to content himself with Rs 15 to Rs 20 per litre. Ultimately poor consumer is becoming the victim of wrong policies.
Mark Fernandes, Kattingere/Pune Fri, May-4-2012, 7:27
Dear Babuti, I really liked your idea of starting of Cooperative society once you settled down in Belle. To that extent, cooperative farming is not a bad idea. In our villages pressure on land is less when we compare it to the villages in Eastern UP, Bihar and West Bengal. The migrated contractual labour from Eastern UP, Bihar and West Bengal (as we have in Punjab, Haryana and Western UP) can also be a solution for scarcity of labour. To answer your question regarding the high prices in NCR and Bangalore, it is not limited to two cities, it is same all over India. Price rise is the result of wrong marketing strategies followed by our government. For example, if a consumer buys a kg of Potato for Rs 10/-, the producer (farmer) hardly gets Rs 2.50 to Rs 3. Balance Rs 7 is eaten away by the whole sellers and retailers. FDI in retail sector may solve the problem to some extent if the bill is passed in future. The price of milk is controlled by the milk cooperative societies which are mainly owned by the local politicians/ businessman. They have a good union and pressurize the state govts to increase the price from time to time. Here again the ultimate ‘cream’ is eaten away by the
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Fri, May-4-2012, 2:48
#2: Baptist asks:But just my question was even if Haryana, Punjab fully producers of food items, why in NCR area vegetables, milk is so costly as shown in TV channels. Not only in NCR, even in Bangalore food items some time very costly....Answer we may have to find as the days come. My response: I have published several posts on my blogs in national media under my pen name lostpatrol, which you may research. Recently, I have written a series of articles and Udupitoday.com has been kind to publish them. The brief answer is money supply (fiscal and monetary policies), demand growth (we eat more), and supply side constraints (infrastructure, marketing, targeting, etc) and our politics. All are interlinked. I suggest readers to take a look. You may follow the link available on BV to reach the site.
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Fri, May-4-2012, 2:14
#1. Any sustainable solution to raise farm productivity requires to reverse the fragmentation of land holdings. Economics of scale in our village would mean a minimum plot of 100 acres or 1000. This should come out of a agro-farm model with its output mix, soil conditions, water use, crop cycles, market access, mode and cost of capital formation, tax and management structure, product pricing. Co-operatives is an option. Partnership firm is another. Private or public stock-holding company is another option with single or hundreds of shareholders. Kuwait based Lawrence Saldanha of Kanajar had a vision for his village more than a decade ago. He wanted to form privately held joint stock-holding to develop it. He built a road at his own cost, founded a school, a hospital and other product offerings. His vision, current situation of result of his vision, if his strategies are a success are some of the questions to be studied. By personal trip to his creations, I have some answers. But, Baptist or his associates may research a little more.
Baptist Sequeira, Moodubelle Thu, May-3-2012, 7:00
May be I have to agree with you and Philip on your point of view dear Mark. But just my question was even if Haryana, Punjab fully producers of food items, why in NCR area vegetables, milk is so costly as shown in TV channels. Not only in NCR, even in Bangalore food items some time very costly. By observing this I just put my ideas and questions here. Answer we may have to find as the days come. Going back to our home land and continue cultivation is a challenge which requires a commitment, courage and our choice. I have an idea - once with some capital I go back Belle, I want to start a small group in our place as a co operative society, and try to encourage people to grow food products, medicine plants etc and also to provide a better market place for the products. It requires to organize people, train them and make their mind. [Now a days Dharmasthala Swa Sahaya Sangha is doing very well at our places. But still more people have to join such groups and can make the idea what I speak about a reality]. Thank you all for your support and putting your ideas and discussions in BV along with me for the article.
Mark Fernandes, Kattingere/Pune Thu, May-3-2012, 2:40
migrated labour from Bihar/Eastern UP.Opening of Cashew industry has resulted in balanced economic growth in the rural area and increase in employment opportunities . I fully agree with Mr Phillip where he tells that India is producing enough food for the population. More over Indian Govt has started Green Revolution in Eastern India also. So future is not so bleak .Finally dear Babuti, how many of us are ready to go back to our native place and cultivate at least one crop in a year. If some of us answer "yes" , problem is not so serious.
Mark Fernandes, Kattingere/Pune Thu, May-3-2012, 2:39
Congratulations Baptist for writing an article having the picture of Moodubelle/neighbouring villages economy in mind but some of the points raised by you need more clarification at the macro level. The New Economic Policy started by Dr Man Mohan Singh when the economy was about to collapse in 1991, have definitely proved to be blessing to our economy. We are emerging as Super Power only because of the liberalization policies of various govts since 1991.The higher rate of interest for NRI/ foreign currency has helped in more capital formation and more employment. The inflow of foreign currency has not resulted in stopping of cultivation / agricultural activity. You may be partially right but your view is not universal. The stopping of cultivation is partially the result of non availability of labour and low productivity as well.The inflow of foreign currency is more in various districts of Punjab than South Kanara/Udupi districts. But you will not find an inch of empty land unutilised for agricultural activity in Punjab.This is because of implementation of modern methods of cultivation and high productivity. More over, most of agricultural labour in Punjab/Haryana is done by migra
Baptist Sequeira, Moodubelle Tue, May-1-2012, 2:24
In some points I do not agree with Mr. Philip. First of all my intention is to discuss this matter through BV is about Indian situation. We do not have to think of other countries where population is less, markets are good, cultivation technologies advance etc. But I made my mind to write this by watching the news and price increase. When I was in Gudganv (NCR), I myself had paid Rs 32 for a kg of bottle gourd, which in my place was sold at Rs 5 per kg. I had thought why a vegetable of less price is being so costly in NCR? Because there is a huge population but supply is less in NCR. Why in Bangalore mutton costs Rs 400 per kg? We know Australian mutton is cheaper but in India mutton is costly. Why milk is Rs 30 per litre? With all our savings if the price of common vegetables is so much, petrol is so much, meat is so much, will it be a better environment for less income people to stay in India. And that is why I wanted to discuss, instead of leaving lands barren, better to utilize once in a year at least.
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Tue, May-1-2012, 12:01
People like my sister are proud of their self-image. they are confident people who want to live with self-respect. So, they work hard; and depend on remittances only to supplement their income. Those types are a majority in my opinion, unless BV produces survey data to prove that they are a minority. The land use should not before post-retirement activity. (BV has a feature q-ed since two weeks where I deal with post-retirement issues; we will discuss more after that is published). The land use is NOW or NEVER issue. Despite these ideas, at macro level, I support immigration of rural population to cities, towns, semi-urban tier-4 population centers, freeing up vast lands for agro-businesses, by large scale mechanized farming. Where 70% of our land can be farmed by 5% of our population and still produce twice as much as we now produce of everything, grains, and other food items. It is possible. Developing countries have done it. If you travel in US and Canada, you will find miles and miles of empty and fallow land, but where farming is done, they produce so much wheat and corn, the whole world can eat! To keep prices from falling, they destroy some!!
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Tue, May-1-2012, 11:46
In most cases, the ownership is settled by partitions between heirs and lands remain in the names of dead. Those who are settled on the land do not use it, out of fear of losing out the assets they created and therefore do not create any. These lands cannot be rented or sold. Those who are settled elsewhere, comfortably or otherwise do not give up their legitimate right to inherited property and contribute to this problem. Disputes between siblings and their progeny are very complex to resolve, with lot of emotional issues tangled there-in, and often mediation does not work. People go to courts and spend money and years searching for resolution, which may not come in lifetime of one generation. In my personal opinion, the Indian Inheritance Act may have to be amended to give the rights to farmland to the son(s) within six months of the death of the title-holder, on the basis that the rights of others is settled in cash or kind. The motivation to work the farm will be increased, especially, because otherwise those on the farmland will starve. Even the sons who remit money should set rules, and only supplement the household income. The other savings should be invested (contd).
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Tue, May-1-2012, 11:35
My sister aged 61 and her husband aged 65 live on small parcel of farm-land with two of their school-going grand-children. Despite poor health and eye-sight, they have not given up working the land to earn a living. They do not hire labor, do every chore themselves, including plucking areca-nuts, coconuts, pepper, cardamom, plantains etc. They guard the crops from monkey menace day and night. Crazy and foolish people! Why do they do it? There are, among us, parasites wanting to live as total dependents, relying on remittances and hand-outs. Most come to expect them as rights, sort of pay-back from children, siblings and relatives. The feel is of easy money, like winning a lottery, for these types of people. My friend Baptist is dismayed because, at micro level, the kind that I mentioned are there, but he did not notice them; his sights were set on the fallow lands of the lazy, incompetent, incapable, imbecile types. I have no respect for these kind. Their benefactors are responsible because they supply the cash without setting terms. Money speaks. Set rules. If the farmland is left fallow, rent it out, sell it, s someone else will make use of it...(CoOntd)
Alban D souza, Kunthalnagar/moodubelle Tue, May-1-2012, 2:56
Well written artical by baptist.... Keep writing good artical...
vivian, dubai Tue, May-1-2012, 1:01
Our land in the hands of selfish people thats why..Good article well narrated..Keep on writting..
Anil, Dubai Tue, May-1-2012, 12:53
A good effort by Baptist Sequira to put forward the situation of agricultural land in our native place. Even though the analysis looks like a fact, I would not agree fully with what he has expressed. What is India today is because of the economic policies of the Government which was need of the hour. If we only have food grains to eat and nothing else, we would not develop. I feel the Government has made enough efforts to balance both. It is the people who chose greener pastures of high paying jobs over our green land and agriculture. I feel food items at farmers place are much much cheaper than what we get them for at a marketplace. The cost of transportation, the middleman eats the maximum amount of this money and the farmer gets nothing. I would bet, no one from the people who agreed with Baptists views have even 1% will to go back to their village and do agriculture even after retirement.
Baptist Sequeira, Moodubelle Tue, May-1-2012, 12:35
In general view what Mr. Philip says is right. But my intention of writing is to keep increase agri growth in micro level. Example growing chicken at every house, vegetable in every house makes village level food increase. If you presently visited to our place you can see, the availability of "Kaje" rice reduced. Sweet Potato Rs 20 in Belle, when we were growing only Rs 2 per kg. Thendli and valchibaji was grown in every household, now not seen. Jackfruit trees disappeared. Cucumber was a main preservable vegetable, which nobody grow these days. "Suvarna Gedde" not seen in the compounds. Fertilizer from cows Rs 4000 per tempo, still not available for farmers. To see the need of vegetable and its scarcity when people go to buy we can see during our August 10 festival and Sept 8 festival. All these kind of small level farm needs to be fulfilled by small farmers like us only by keeping our farming tradition live. What is your idea on this?
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Mon, April-30-2012, 12:32
.. analytic counter-view point-by-point at macro and micro level. It also requires examining Gandhi model and Mao model and consider if these models are what India needs.
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Mon, April-30-2012, 12:28
The young author, whom I count among my friends contacts, has espoused a return to old agricultural traditions from what appears to him a unwelcome disuse of farmland in our villages. He has done a good job of expressing his feelings and views. But, I disagree with both the analysis and solutions. Taking a macro view of our economy, our food grain production has grown 5-fold while population grew only 3.2-fold in 60 years. Our livestock, milk, oil-seeds, fruits, seeds and nuts and such nutrition providing food production has also grown faster than the population. This has been possible by adopting green revolution, white revolution and hybrid seeding including GM-modified ones , irrigation innovations, and mechanization of agriculture. The policies have gone in the right direction, but the pace has to be faster. Less and less people will have to produce more and more food and products. In fact, India has more food today than its people can eat, but poverty and starvation exists because we do not have efficient infrastructure to move food where is it is needed. Market mechanisms are strangled by mistaken belief that middlemen are bad. The solution suggested here require a..
Stany Martis, Moodubelle / Kuwait Mon, April-30-2012, 11:19
Nice article and very intresting too!! Mr. Baptist Many thanx for the indeed. Keep writing. God Bless.
Christopher D Cunha, M lore/AUH Mon, April-30-2012, 10:41
Thought provoking article by Baptist Sequeira. Hope he is setting an example for some of the readers to follow....
wilfrred castelino, mooudebelle/sharjah Mon, April-30-2012, 10:37
Nice article Babuti, i remember my days in the class, in the same bench. Realy a very good subject to realize how important is cultivation and soaring food price.
Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle / Bahrain Mon, April-30-2012, 10:22
Good one! Dear Baptist. Everyone is thinking that it's ok to move to cities, overseas western countries to work or settle but real truth is every parent wants their children to be well educated settle in quite comfortably. Now any parent for that matter has thought about asking one of their sons to stay at home without acquiring higher education and continue to do the agricultural job and look after them?. The answer is no! Reason is well known to all, hence everyone particularly those who owns agricultural land will definitely rely on outsiders. Any outside laborer will not be cheap and not available at all times. All these will effect on the cost of the produce and it will be costly. So this scenario will continue and the prices for food items will be expensive every passing year. The question is how to stop these ever increasing prices for basic food items? Am sure any suggestions on this issue from here on are near impossible. Guys face the music! (Prices will keep on increasing!!! no stopping at all).
John Peter Fernandes, Moodubelle/Nottingham Mon, April-30-2012, 9:11
Good article well narrated.May be after couple of years me and you will be back to our old working days.God knows!!!!
Vijay dsouza, Moodubelle/Bahrain Mon, April-30-2012, 8:47
Great and thoughht provoking article Babuti and its right time for all of us to think about it.
Francis L lobo, Belle/ Dubai Mon, April-30-2012, 5:02
A very well narrated things from our motherland from Mr Baptist..Everybody is leaving the motherland for better life better prospects.But it is really worth is a big question mark?We have to blame our self! One day will come there will be no food available in the market then everybody will go back to the agriculture. That day is not too far.Thanks for the nice article.
neetha rebello, moodubelle/bangalore Mon, April-30-2012, 4:51
good article.good observation and thought provoking insight.we have sez and other economic reforms coming in... it may also effect on the coastal economic contions. good effort...keep writing
joel dsa, moodubelle, bahrain Mon, April-30-2012, 3:43
Well written article Baptist, yes we have seen many barren fields around us in Belle, reason being not enough labour to cultivate the farms. The rise in daily labour charges make few of our serious farmers to think seriously about farming their crop. The rise in price for necessities made the life miserable for many. As you have mentioned Government should take major initiative in encouraging the farmers by way of incentives, but as per I know there are many such progrms and grants which are made available to farmers by the State government, but it doesn t reach the deserving farmers as the Babus in our Panchayat make good with all the facilities within themselves. Our local bodies should take interest in educating our farmers their rights and provide knowledge about the facilities given to them by the Govt. For all of educated children of our farmers, there are not enough opportunities locally to earn their lively hood in their field. So lets hope for the best and put our little efforts to make use of our mother land when we retire or decide to go back to our native, with a serious note I personally feel that The present generation wants to settle away from their mother land.
Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle Sun, April-29-2012, 9:35
Good article by Baptist Sequeira. All right thinking people and agencies including the government should seriously ponder over the issues raised by him.
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