Another disheatening story of a farmer has surfaced the headlines after he was forced to use his daughters to plough field.
A farmer who hails from the Basantpur Pangri village, Madhya Pradesh asked his daughters to plough the field because he lacked funds to buy oxen. Sardar Barela told news agency ANI, “Don’t have enough money to buy oxen. I am ploughing fields to sow maize crops.”
His daughterS Radhika (age 14) and Kunti (age 11) help him in the farm. They also had to quit their schooling for the same reason.
“I do not have enough money to buy or take care of bulls for ploughing. Both my daughters quit their schooling due to financial crisis,” he said.
In the visuals provided by ANI, his daughters can be seen ploughing the field.
After the interference of media, the media came into the notice of district administration. District Public Relation Officer (DPRO) Ashish Sharma said the administration has been looking into the matter. He said, “The farmer has been instructed not to use children for such activities. Whatever help he can be given under governmental schemes, administration is looking into it.”
This is just another disheartening case of condition of our farmers.
Last month, a large scale protest was carried out by the farmers of Madhya Pradesh where they placed a legit demand of waiving their loans and a better price for the crops. Over 30 farmers in the state have committed suicide since the protests in in Mandsaur.
The Madhya Pradesh government then launched a new debt relief scheme – Krishi Rin Samadhan Yojana for the farmers. The cabinet has reportedly allocated Rs 1,000 crore for the scheme.