In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau of India reported 5,650 farmer suicides. The highest number of farmer suicides were recorded in 2004 when 18,241 farmers committed suicide. The farmers’ suicide rate in India has ranged between 1.4 and 1.8 per 100,000 total population, over a 10-year period through 2005.
One can address the solution only if the nature of the problem has been identified in the first place. The five main problems facing Indian agriculture are Uncertainty in the water supply, Lack of remunerative income, Fragmentation of land holdings, lack of access to formal credit and insurance and Allied infrastructure.
These problems have been analyzed and some recommendations have been made by the Swaminathan report. Its full implementation and necessary improvisations on the ground are perhaps the solutions to the problem.
Agriculture is a high-risk economic activity; as per World Bank, the percentage of irrigated agricultural land in India is 36% (2013). Almost 2/3rd of farmers in India are dependent on monsoon rains. The variation of rainfall in each region is also uncertain. Another major reason for farm distress is the fluctuation of the market prices even though their input costs are fixed. Therefore it is important to ensure that the farmer gets a higher price for his/her produce.
The time has, therefore, come when we should focus more on the economic well-being of the women and men feeding the nation than just on production. In this context, I’m glad to discover Farmveda food products. Farmveda is an organization that started in a small way, back in 2005 with farmers from Gunipalli deciding to work together for their mutual benefit. Gunipalli is in Bukkapatnam Mandal in Anantapur District, AP. Farmers were not getting the right price for their produce after months of hard work during the agriculture season. A few outsiders from a then small NGO called the Centre for Collective Development (CCD) helped the farmers work out their aspirations. Today there are over 25,000 + farmers working together across 3 districts and is slowly spreading to other States.
As of now, all profits are shared with farmers cooperatives. and in the long run, the ownership will also entirely go the farmers of India and for this reason, it’s stated Farmveda – owned by the farmers of India with a goal to raise farmers of India to prosperity.
Farmveda products can be categorized as Idli mixes, dosa mixes, breakfast mixes and ready to eat options.
Farmveda products are yummy, nutritious, free of preservatives and most importantly supports a very worthy social cause by uplifting the agricultural community in India and helping farmers earn their livelihood with dignity. Their products are available on Amazon and Big basket in Bangalore, Hyderabad and also in physical stores such as Namdhari, MK retail, and other supermarkets.
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