Indian economy has grown by leaps and bounds, harnessing the advent of
new technologies, services and global systems thereby making it a force
to reckon with. However, while doing so, there has been a palpable
change in its perspective towards the farmers. The Indian economy has
recently re-shifted its focus on the ‘poor farmer’; addressing his
various troubles and identifying itself with his never ending turmoil.
The need of the hour is to update the farmer and
bring him into the fold of the twenty-first century. Only then will he
be able to take his rightful place in the pantheons of the Builders of
the Indian Economy.The aim should not be to help, assist or support him,
but instead, it should be enable, assert and propel his potential into
the upliftment of the Indian economy.
In order to achieve this aim, concerted efforts
must be made by the people in-charge to develop the capabilities of the
farmers through education and capacity building. Thus, the need of the
hour is to identify and train bright young minds in both the farms and
the government to tackle the issues faced by the farmers. There is a
need to develop the skill set of the men and women in the Department of
Agriculture. This will sensitize and sustain the effectiveness of the
intervention. It is my vision that VANAMATI shall take up this mantle
and take concrete efforts in this direction.
The image of the ‘poor farmer’ must be
rejuvenated and changed to the ‘prosperous farmer’ and uneconomic
agriculture to progressive farming. This dedicated website and bulletin
endeavours to be the voice of change and play a role in the overall
development of the farmer.
Godspeed, may God bless you in this noble endeavour...
Director, Vanamati, Nagpur
Editor in Chief...