Farm­ing for pharma

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

The in­ter­view "Fam­ily farm­ing is not a ro­man­tic idea. It is business" (Novem­ber 1-15, 2014) was en­light­en­ing. The fam­ily farm­ing in In­dia means farm­ing by a mar­ginal farmer with the man­power avail­able within his fam­ily. In re­cent years, most of the mar­ginal farm­ers are forced to aban­don their small land be­cause of var­i­ous rea­sons. Gov­ern­ment agen­cies should help such farm­ers and ed­u­cate them about the cul­ti­va­tion of medic­i­nal plants, which could fetch them good money.

L R SHARMA

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