Gumla (Jharkhand), Nov.6 : Farmers in Brinda village in Jharkhand's Gumla district have converted 60 acres barren area into lush agricultural land through cooperative farming.
"Previously, we used to go out of Jharkhand to earn our daily bread. But now a lot of things have changed for us ever since we converted this barren land into a cultivable one. Now, there is no need for us to go out of our village, as we can sustain ourselves by cultivating crops here," said Indu Oeron, a farmer of the village.
Sachiv Sarva India, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working for the uplift of rural folk in Jharkhand is behind this transformation.
Sachiv Sarva India volunteers claim that they have emancipated hundreds of poor farmers in Gumla District.
"Previously, this land used to be fallow. It used to be barren, but now farmers have started collective farming in this area, and have turned this into cultivable land," said Shanicharwa Oeron, Range Forest Officer, Gumla (Rural).
Farmers in Gumla district earlier were dependent on rains, but now the Forest Department has provided greenhouse sheds and hybrid seeds, besides the latest cultivation techniques to improve their lot, having gained much in the long run.
"We have introduced the greenhouse farming system to protect seeds of these farmers. We have helped them in becoming self dependent and now they can earn their livelihood on their own terms," said Sujit Kumar Nanda, a member of Sachiv Sarva India.
One must compliment these farmers of Brinda village for not being carried away by ideologies of confrontation, and instead, opting to take up co-operative farming and reap its benefit.
Previously, these hapless people used to migrate to Punjab and Haryana as tillers, but now they lead a more settled life.
Through their collective efforts to secure a good livelihood for all, these farmers have projected that unity is strength, defying all threats from Naxalites.
The concept of co-operative farming was one of the basics of socialism propagated by Karl Marx and the erstwhile Soviet Union had relied on this mode for optimum agri-produce. By Girija Shankar Ojha