Requirement of Baramas Sheti Chara yojna
Farmers’ suicide is a very regretful and sensitive topic. The condition of farmers in Agrarian India is extremely unfortunate. Today the farmer is standing without any hope due to huge amount of debt, scarcity of water, natural calamities, wrong procedures of farming and many other reasons. Farmers try to get rid of these debts by selling land and cattle and eventually end up with the option of suicide. Farmers work very hard to fight all the odds but when it comes to a famine, they are helpless. During famines, fodder is sold at the rate of gold and cattle are sold at the rate of fodder. This is the actual condition in rural India. India’s agriculture, which is entirely dependent on rain goes orphan due to lack of it. Therefore farmers are compelled to sell their cattle as the only means of survival. Even the cattle cannot survive the famine and hence farmers adopt the way to get money by selling them. But what can be done after that? Aren’t cattle their property? What shall be left with them if they sell their cattle? Hence, to help the drought-hit farmers maintain their cattle, Dr. Aniruddha D. Joshi (Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu) initiated the Baramas Sheti Chara scheme that offers fodder for cattle round the year.
Concept of Baramas Sheti Chara Scheme –
Who is to be held responsible for this helplessness of the farmer, the pillar of Indian economy? Is it the Government or agricultural organizations? This is the responsibility of every Indian. Each and every citizen who enjoys the benefit of abundant water and is fortunate to have full meals at least twice a day, the one who leads a normal life are all supposed to share this responsibility. One can help these farmers even while living in big cities.
Everyone is fond of gardening. May it be a very small one. People at least keep one Tulsi plant or any ornamental plant in the gallery of the house. If one grows a maize or sugarcane plant in an earthen pot (Gamla in Hindi and Kundi in Marathi) this crop can be used as a fodder for the cattle. One has to realize their responsibility.
Implementation of Baramas Sheti Chara Scheme –
1. Corn or sugarcane can be planted in small earthen pots in balconies or on terrace. Maize and sugarcane grows well in 45 days. When it grows at the height of two or two and half feet, then it is cut and used for cattle as fodder.
2. Many volunteers participate in this work and submit the fodder at Shri Harigurugram or at their Upasana Centers regularly.
4. Fodder collected by Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation is sent to the needy farmers absolutely free of cost.
5. If the farmers get fodder for their cattle, they can also start additional business chains from their dung. If they have goat, cow or buffalo, they can also nourish on their milk. Hence there is a genuine need to make the efforts at all levels to save their livelihood.
AIGV Research –
Aniruddha’s Institute of Gramin Vikas (Rural Development) – AIGV – is doing extensive research on fodder creation. Various experiments in the field of Hydroponics farming are being carried out at Govidyapitham, Karjat to get more urban people involved in this project.
This is one of the many ways in which one can improve the condition of farmers. Participation in this scheme is paying respect to the hard work of farmers and their livestock. This is like offering a feeling of thankfulness towards them. Also, to find a comprehensive solution to the problem of farmers, AIGV is doing further research under the guidance of Dr. Aniruddha D. Joshi (Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu).