March 16, 2021
Farmers are said to be the support system to our entire survival. India being an agricultural hub and having a relatively large population, the expectations for daily crop growth to feed the ever-growing population is set high. In order to cope with such need’s farmers work day and night to maximise their crop growth to feed 1.3 billion mouths. To get an insight on the daily work that is required from them we interviewed a local Maharashtrian farmer named Tushar whose farm is located in Pune.
A day in Mr Tushar's life
Mr Tushar claimed that farmers usually work all round the year on the farm and don’t take even a day’s break. The farmer further added that his day starts at 4:30 AM and finishes at approximately at 11:30 PM or sometimes later depending on the pending work. This effectively means that a farmer typically works for almost 20 hours a day. Whereas an adult should only be working for 10-12 hours a day according to the Factories Act 1948. Their day starts off by obtaining the milk from the cattle on their farm. Then they start with the harvesting process which continues for a couple of hours, then all the crops are packed in a container and they are brought to a farmers’ market where the crops are sold. This market in Mumbai is 3-4 hours away from their village( find the name) They reach Mumbai at about 2pm after which they start setting up stalls. Each day they set up stalls in different markets. Their stalls are usually set up by 6pm after which the market begins. Currently due to the dynamic covid-19 restriction they have faced great issues in transporting their vegetables from their village and even setting up stalls. However, regularly they leave Mumbai by 10pm hence reaching back to Pune by 1am.
The aforementioned shows the work farmers put in. However, after all we still hear about the myriad of problems these farmers face. Sometimes it may be suicide or sometimes debt. However, according to research done by FarmX, it has also been found that farmers are supported by the government maybe not financially but they do give them suggestions on the ways the farmers could improve their farming techniques so that they are able to maximise their crop yield and gain the maximum profits.