Farmers have a social obligation to feed our populations with enough food and eradicate hunger

الرهبان, Iowa نحن, as farmers, besides earning for our families, have a social obligation to feed our population with enough food and eradicate hunger. Ravichandran Vanchinathan penned that personal reflection upon returning to his farm in Tamil Nadu, India from Des Moines, أيوا في أكتوبر 2010. He had been invited to represent India and participate in the 2010 الحقيقة حول التجارة & Technology Global Farmer Roundtable and World Food Prize.

Reflecting on his experience in Iowa, I was eager to learn from my farmer friends around the globe the problems they face in their farm front, opportunities available to them, the positive impact of technology and whether they face challenges similar to those we face in India. Ravichandran continues, As my nation is an agrarian economy and more than 65% of our populations are engaged in farm related activities, most of them small and marginal farmers, agriculture has a major role to play in the lives of a majority of our people.

With a passion to empower Indias small farmers, Ravi as his friends call him took the information he gained and has become a leading advocate of using technology to improve the lives of farmers in his country and around the world. Using technology to promote technology, he is a constant presence on Twitter (@FarmerRaviVKV), موقع التواصل الاجتماعي الفيسبوك, and commenting on media websites.

Ravis passion to feed the growing world population, his willingness to engage and share the information he has gained as a means to empower other small farmers led to his selection as the 2013 المستفيد من Kleckner تجارة & جائزة تقدم التكنولوجيا.

الجائزة, تمنح سنويا من قبل تقصي الحقائق حول تجارة & تقنية (المتخذة), recognizes a global farmer who exemplifies strong leadership, الرؤية والعزيمة في النهوض بحقوق جميع المزارعين لاختيار التكنولوجيا والأدوات التي من شأنها تحسين نوعية, quantity and availability of agricultural products around the world.

Ravi grows rice, قصب السكر, cotton and small grains (نبضات) on a 60-acre farm at Poongalum village in the state of Tamil Nadu, near the southern tip of India.

Living in the second largest populated nation, as farmers we must balance the provision of food at an affordable price and at the same time make enough profit to sustain ourselves. There is no magic formula, Ravi continues. It is possible only through the adoption of scientifically proven, well-established technologies. To increase our farm production and productivity, we need to adopt science and technology in farming like the rest of our society.

Noting that limited access to technology is just one of the barriers to increased crop production faced by Indias farmers, Ravi was instrumental in beginning a collective farming concept for local cotton growers in 2012.

A group of like-minded farmers took up cultivation of the same crop at the same time and marketed it together. We could aggregate our resources and enjoy the collective bargaining strength.

Working as a group, the collectives members were able to accumulate enough stock and market it to the textile industry for a better price. After tasting success, Ravi says, we have decided to scale up the area by including more farmers and replicating this in other crops as well.

V. Ravichandran will receive the 2013 Kleckner تجارة & Technology Advancement Award onTuesday, October 15in Des Moines, ايوا في جوائز المزارعين عشاء العالمية التي تستضيفها جنة تقصي الحقائق حول تجارة & التكنولوجيا وكروب لايف الدولية.

وKleckner تجارة & تأسست جائزة تقدم التكنولوجيا في 2007 تكريما لعميد Kleckner, الحقيقة حول التجارة & Technology Chairman Emeritus. The award is given annually in conjunction with the TATT Global Farmer Roundtable. متلقي الجائزة السابق وروزالي Ellasus, الفلبين (2007); جيف Bidstrup, أستراليا (2008); جيم مكارثي, أيرلندا (2009), غابرييلا كروز, البرتغال (2010); جيلبرت اراب بور, كينيا (2011) and Rajesh Kumar, الهند (2012).

 

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