Farmers are the backbone of our society. They are the ones who provide us all the food that we eat. As a result, the entire population of the country depends upon farmers. Be it the smallest or the largest country.
But risks from the COVID-19 pandemic have put new challenges in front of the farmers. The nationwide lockdown came at an unfortunate time for farmers and that accompanied a shortage of labor and equipment. Consequently, farmers have not been able to harvest their bumper crops of cereal and oilseed harvest this season. In some places, the crops have been abandoned, while in others the harvest is coming more than a month late, in hand with limited and more expensive labor.
In a news report by India today, we have the inspiring story of 37-year old Nagraj from Tamil Nadu. He is a farmer who produces Samangi Flowers, which are mostly used in Weddings and Temples. And with the worsening of the COVID situation in India, the demand for the flowers deteriorated. He was brought to his last penny yet he did not give up. He has continued working and invented a new technique of ploughing the field. He transformed his son’s cycle into a plough. In the video, it can be seen how Nagraj’s 11-year old son is helping his father to plough the land. This is a shining example for all those who are struggling to sustain their livelihood in this pandemic to not lose hope and continue fighting.
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