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

Des Moines, Iowa – “हम, किसानों के रूप में, हमारे परिवार के लिए कमाई के अलावा, 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, Iowa in October 2010. He had been invited to represent India and participate in the 2010 व्यापार के बारे में सच्चाई & 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 India’s 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), फेसबुक, and commenting on media websites.

Ravi’s 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 Kleckner व्यापार के प्राप्तकर्ता & प्रौद्योगिकी प्रगति पुरस्कार.

पुरस्कार, व्यापार के बारे में सत्य द्वारा प्रतिवर्ष दिया & प्रौद्योगिकी (TATT), एक वैश्विक किसान जो "मिसाल मजबूत नेतृत्व पहचानता है, विजन और सभी किसानों के अधिकारों को आगे बढ़ाने में तकनीक और उपकरण है कि गुणवत्ता में सुधार होगा चुनने के लिए संकल्प, दुनिया भर के कृषि उत्पादों की मात्रा और उपलब्धता. "

Ravi grows rice, गन्ना, cotton and small grains (दालें) 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. वहाँ कोई जादू फार्मूला है,” Ravi continues. “It is possible only through the adoption of scientifically proven, अच्छी तरह से स्थापित तकनीक. 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 India’s 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 collective’s 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 व्यापार & मंगलवार को प्रौद्योगिकी उन्नति पुरस्कार, अक्टूबर 15 Des Moines में, एक वैश्विक किसान पुरस्कार रात्रिभोज में आयोवा व्यापार के बारे में सत्य द्वारा आयोजित & प्रौद्योगिकी और CropLife अंतर्राष्ट्रीय.

Kleckner व्यापार & प्रौद्योगिकी उन्नति पुरस्कार में स्थापित किया गया था 2007 डीन Kleckner के सम्मान में, व्यापार के बारे में सच्चाई & प्रौद्योगिकी के अध्यक्ष एमेरिटस. पुरस्कार TATT ग्लोबल किसान गोलमेज संमेलन के साथ संयोजन के रूप में प्रतिवर्ष दिया जाता है. Previous पुरस्कार प्राप्तकर्ता हैं Rosalie Ellasus, फिलीपींस (2007); जेफ Bidstrup, ऑस्ट्रेलिया (2008); जिम McCarthy, आयरलैंड (2009), Gabriela Cruz, पुर्तगाल (2010); गिल्बर्ट arap चौ, केन्या (2011) and Rajesh Kumar, भारत (2012).

 

TATT Global Farmer Network Commentary by V. रविचंद्रन

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