Save the farmer

Down to Earth - - LETTERS - As­rarul Haque VIA EMAIL

this refers to the ed­i­to­rial "Stop the killing fields" (16-30 Septem­ber, 2015). Al­most ev­ery year, there are prob­lems re­lated to the mon­soon's ar­rival, its move­ment and dis­tri­bu­tion. When­ever there is a cri­sis of this kind, all sorts of dis­cus­sions and de­bates - es­pe­cially in Par­lia­ment and on TV chan­nels - take place. All sides in­dulge in a blame game, But no one is con­cerned about the fate of the farm­ers who suf­fer in­ces­santly, year af­ter year. Farm­ers sui­cide be­come mere sta­tis­tics for dis­cus­sion. As the ed­i­to­rial notes, man­ag­ing wa­ter prop­erly is not rocket science. If proper plan­ning done by in­volv­ing farm­ers at the grass­roots, wa­ter for ir­ri­ga­tion would be avail­able with min­i­mum ex­pen­di­ture on a per­ma­nent ba­sis. But our un­con­cerned lead­ers forget that the day is not far when peo­ple will give up farming, if they have any other av­enues to earn a liv­ing. Then, our en­tire food se­cu­tiry will re­main only on a pa­per.

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