ACTION OR AWARENESS?
Everyone is ‘aware’ of the farmer suicides scaling up each day with the
plights still not inching the end. Everyone is ‘aware’ of the recurring protests
spearheaded in the capital. Everyone is ‘acquainted’ with the methods of
protest that the peasants staged to present their destitute state. We are just
‘aware’. With this condition unceasing, the crying need is ‘ACTION’ and not
awareness. This doesn’t mean a group of angry youngsters jumping into
the protest field or a huddle agitating in Marina. The realistic solution for
this issue roots from the scratch-emphasizing agriculture to be a part of
school education. Just like moral science being a section to be imbibed in
the curriculum, why can’t a way of living like agriculture be inculcated too?
If that’s the case, how can the syllabi be shaped up?
The subject must focus on renaissance of Indian agriculture, agricultural
practices, seed and planting techniques, soil tests. This may sound tedious
for a 10-year- old. But the subject must concentrate more on hands-on
experience rather than being a boring book. Here are some of the
techniques that can be incorporated:
Borrowing the words of Aeschylus “From a small seed a mighty trunk may
grow”. The life starts from seed and this begins from home, so the
collection of seeds from home to outdoor implants a quest. The plantation
of seeds helps in understanding the science behind the life cycle of a seed.
Once they are introduced into sprouting process, it can be extended to
simple agricultural practices like container farming.
Container farming involves the use of any container at home with holes
drilled at the bottom for plantation. The right amount of space and right
conditions makes this space-efficient technique a success.
An interesting activity that attracts any age is seed bombs or seed balls.
Seeds combined with the mixture of clay and manure are wrapped into
lumps and thrown like balls. This seed propagation method that is non-
destructive to soil health is ideal for urban areas.
After cultivation comes the nourishing part which involves the preparation
of natural manures. This can be done by converting leaf litters into manures
which highlights waste management.
Periodic farm and agricultural area visits are inevitable. This gives an
exposure on the real ‘groundwork’ behind the production of food. Farmers
share their wisdom and this makes the pain behind their laborious work
Agriculture isn’t something based only on land or crops. The TNAU
(Tamilnadu Agricultural University) offers nearly 12 agricultural courses
comprising of B.Sc (Agriculture), B.Sc (Agribusiness management), B.Tech
(Agricultural engineering). It can also be melded with technology with
B.Tech (Agricultural Information Technology) standing as a testimony. It is
the backbone that drives our economy with its dormant scope.
- Akshaya Ramani