Despite the massive population shift from rural to urban centres in the past few years, agriculture continues to be the primary source of income for about 58 percent of India's population.
The role agricultural development plays in the development of a nation can never be underestimated. This is because agriculture, at the grass-root level, operates as a family-run business by the farmers.
Soil plays a vital role in our nation's economic and social development. Soil needs to be cared for and replenished regularly. However, with the complexity of increasing cultivation areas in India, there is more pressure to expand its production. As a result, the soil is misused to the extent that it is now affecting our health. Constantly declining soil health is one of the reasons for stagnating or declining yields.
The shortage of irrigation water resources is another critical factor that leads to domestic and industrial wastewater in agriculture, especially in urban areas. These wastewaters, which are contaminated by metals and various toxic chemicals, lead to hazardous chemicals and human health risks through agricultural products and livestock..
As an alternative, Organic Farming has begun and is in a nascent stage in India. It is a means of farming, maintaining the quality of soil and ecological balance in the environment, relying on local natural conditions rather than using inputs (like fertilizers, pesticides) that may lead to adverse effects.
Although organic farming benefits the ecosystem, it involves high production costs and arduous certification processes. These crops are easily susceptible to illness that may slow down production. As compared to conventional food, organic foods have a shorter shelf life. It also requires more time to produce yield and thus may result in failing to fulfil the nation's demand for food to survive.
As per historical records, revolutions in the agriculture sector have changed the face of Indian agriculture.
As the current agriculture sector is likely to undergo a significant revamp with the heavy investments in a technology-driven Green Revolution, we need to consider various factors such as below to mitigate the issues involved in agricultural practices to develop the backbone of our nation. We need to leave no stone unturned to move us toward a more hopeful climate future for India.
Our Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, said that making farmers self-reliant is the key to make India Atma Nirbhar. Therefore, the Humanity Welfare Council (HWC) and many other organizations are working to uplift the agriculture sector and make farmers self-reliant by connecting them with modern technology.
HWC has initiated a project called Srishtipath for the rural development of our country. We invite multilateral organizations to invest in new horticulture, fisheries, and animal science reforms as a part of agricultural development. The leaders in our team are in constant touch with the agriculture ministry via meetings and conferences to introduce technical development in agriculture and make them available to farmers at an affordable cost. We ensure insurance against drought management and will help you avail necessary resources through credit for better production. Launching innovative farming techniques and introducing superior breeding for distribution can yield greater profits for farmers and infrastructural development for animal husbandry, and improving animal productivity.
Availability of fertilizers and other chemicals in the correct quantity at the right time is another hurdle for small farmers, which our organization considers and is working to improve. We are also looking at creating credit and a readily available marketplace to sell farmers' produce at the correct cost to pay them off well for their input and hard work.
A small wise step can pave the way for a developed India with no hunger and unemployment forcing farmers to commit suicide. HWC layers such pebbles of encouragement and welfare to create a better India with happy faces all around. And this is only possible if our foundation stone - the agriculture sector is uplifted.
So, extend your help to give the best with our organization so that our farmers can live better, making our country better and the whole economy boom.