When Farmville started becoming a craze on facebook there was a huge outcry with a huge number of number of netizens from india petitioning zynga to include INDIA as a country in the game….they succeeded and I am happy for them but what about these thousands of netizens thinking about the actual state of farming in INDIA… I was thinking about it and came across some astounding facts which really shocked me very badly
From 2002 to 2006 there have been 17500 farmer suicides and from 2006 to 2010 there have been 20000 farmer suicides and more than a quarter of it has been concentrated on the vidharbha area in Maharashtra. The government on being pressurized promised a package of Rs.110 billion (about $2.4 billion) specially for vidharbha .The families of farmers who had committed suicide were also offered an ex-gratia grant to the tune of Rs.100,000 by the government. This figure kept on varying, depending on how much criticism the government was facing from the media and the opposition parties for being uncaring towards the farmers' plight.
The surprising thing over here INDIA ranks second in the world when it comes to agricultural output and farming contributes to 16.6% of gdp ….. and agriculture still remains to be the most neglected sector during 4 years of the rule and just before the elections .. every politician just before the election remembers the plight of the farmers and sops are announced….
With huge amount of wheat rotting outside the godown...the farmers living a beggars life ...the moneylenders turning into evil villians so torturous that even bollywood villians are felt to be sweeter and more accomodating .. it doesn't help if a poltician goes and lives in their house for a day(yes rahul gandhi and a few jdu ministers have lived in a farmer's house for a day , not only dalits..)...we need quick and permanent measures to improve the present situation
Nowadays the so called cool sectors in INDIA like software and fashion are being given more importance when the basic backbone of the country’s self reliance has been grossly neglected…its time for us at least give a thought to it… It will at least turn out to be more satisfying than petitioning for a game where a person can farm in the comfort of his air conditioned bedroom. Farmville is not a prestige issue as people deem it to be but the Indian agricultural sector is something that has to be saved