Bumper hopes washed away


By Uma Sudhir

A cyclonic storm looming over the Bay of Bengal has brought incessant rains in coastal Andhra Pradesh. 20 people have died so far, with Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts, among the worst affected.

Farmers who were hoping for a record bumper harvest from the rice bowl districts find their dreams turning into a nightmare.

(video of my story on NDTV)
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About t s sudhir & uma sudhir

Uma Sudhir and T S Sudhir are senior journalists, based in Hyderabad. Both work for NDTV. Uma is a Tamilian, who was educated in
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2 Responses to Bumper hopes washed away

  1. Poor farmers. They have been facing this situation for ages. What technology are we talking about? Everyone should learn from their resilience. They starve for one more season and reap a bumper crop and feel happy, unlike an employee who cribs and complains if he misses a round of DA or an increment.
    Two crops and three crops in coastal Andhra is only a hype. One crop essentially gets washed off in cyclones and floods. Farmers lives are the same everywhere, irrespective of the regions.
    I have seen their plight for several years very closely. They don’t weep. They stay stubborn. They withstand the nature’s fury all the time. Government and others reap ‘benefits’ when the nature wreaks havoc. There is something called TR27, which enables the officials to draw huge sums which can be accounted for in the most whimsical manner of the ‘benficiaries’ and benefactors.
    Food grains were washed away. instead of inventing technology for protecting the fully-grown crop, we conduct raids and resort to mudslinging after doling out largesse to Rahejas and Emaars.
    The poor farmer continues to be neglected by any Government. God Save farmers from the clutches of cyclones and droughts, pests and politicians.

    • Serenity Stupidity says:

      Hi Saye,

      True. Sterling comment. In the name of “fate”, farmers, have been forced to grain in the stubbornness, into their DNA.

      Let us learn from the resilience…and not give up the Hope, that one day, farmers in India, will be relieved from hogwash schemes that you have mentioned. That, they need not put up with “resilience”. Such hope, could the only rays, the more we go forward.

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