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I really admire the true-consensus that NYTimes makes on very remote issues like the one about the farmer in this article.
My father is a farmer living in a small village in Andhra Pradesh, India.My dad has striven hard to send me to a school and provide good education so that i wouldn't have to work hard in the fields like him. And now I am in IIT, the prestigious institute.And I am going to get a big pay-check after my graduation (it's not a big deal for IITian :P). <<----- Yeah!! Come on, I am not getting that pay-check, but many get it, isn't it?!------>>
My dad has recently sold out the 5-acre farming land, as each year we are not able to even recover the money we put in the farming.There are many farmers like my dad with a good educated child, who are moving out of villages leaving the land.(Vastly i think this is the main reason behind increasing urbanization of India, well even the urban areas won't be able to sustain the increasing population)
There are so many other issues the article hasn't covered( of course, i don't expect such a large problems in agriculture system of India to be listed out in this tiny article).The point is, there is no modernization of agriculture, not at all, except for the one who has more acres of land and who can spend some money on the machine. My mom also started going to field as we are not able to recover the costs for machine and labor.And we have never stored out rice-grains in warehouses since 20 years i knew, it was always our own house.
There is an intense need to attract the youth to areas like these in India. There is lot of entrepreneurial-wind breezing in the Indian universities and there are lot of capable technological centers in India to modernize the agriculture.
At last, no individual, in gross, is driven by the dream to make India shine in world platform. Its his own belly he is trying to fill.So,I think if agriculture can be shown as a profitable modern-entrepreneurial venture, the elite of Indian students will be attracted.
Hope, one day, I will again grow crops in my sold-out land !! :D