NORWALK, CA - Bringing to light many of the challenges Indian farmers have struggled with and are continuing to struggle with, giving people a better understanding of what they can do to help, and other insightful information were some of the many talking points in the lecture on “India’s Shocking Farmer Suicide Epidemic -
Mishra additionally mentioned that there is a blame game going on with the government and the farmers . The government blames the farmer and the farmer blames the government in regards to the current situation.
“The Government mandates that farmers utilize pesticides to kill mosquitoes but then too much use of pesticides kills plants,” said Mishra.
When the government did try to assist the farmers by having a tax on petrol which would go to help the farmers, there was a huge outcry from the population. “An uproar came when a tax on petrol which would help farmers was made known,” said Mishra.
Also, the government has a hotline by which the police will go to the home of the person who called in. The government as well has introduced a farmer’s budget which assists farmers with a number of things.
“The farmer’s budget helps irrigation of plants, crop insurance, and distribution of low interest loans,” said Mishra.
Although the government is attempting to help the farmers, without the appropriate experience proper decisions cannot be made to accurately assist the farmers. Mishra pointed that there are a number of things that people can do to show their support to the farmers. Having a market without haggling of prices would be a good start.
“Do not bargain with the vegetable sellers and the other sellers,” said Mishra.
Indian farmers need different tools in order to properly farm in India. The tools utilized in America are not helpful to the farmers in India because India has diverse topographies. “Possible solution for the problems Indian farmers are facing are small investments, small technologies, and small processing plants,” said Mishra. It is unfortunate that the Indian farmers who somehow manage to feed the world with their exports are not able to gain the support from those that they feed. “Even without support, Indian farmers are number one in exporting vegetables, rice, and other items,” said Mishra. Mishra eneded by saying that the farmers of India would love the support from others and a better market place. A lively Q & A session followed the lecture.