This is to be compared to the crop of turmeric that Subhadra has harvested from the small garden of 30 square meters in front of our house in Indore as shown below.
About 90 kgs of raw turmeric were produced which works out to an yield of about 30000 kilos per hectare which is the upper level of yield at the national level. This huge difference in yields is because of the deep clayey soil in our garden which has been enriched with organic compost over the years and the regular watering of the plants.
This starkly underlines the deep problems that beset this country of ours on the occasion of our 67th Republic Day. While we who are not farmers have the resources to enrich our small piece of land and farm it well just to satisfy our whims of doing agriculture, those who are farmers and till the land for a living do not have the resources to make their land productive. The farmer from whom Subhadra bought the land is very enterprising and is into horticulture in addition to farming of food crops. However, he does not have the requisite resources to make his land productive enough for him to earn a decent living. Even though he has sold a small piece of his land to Subhadra, he still feels that he has gained because Subhadra will put in money into developing the water and organic manure availability of his remaining land along with her own which is abysmal at present. He has been suffering from arthritis of the knees for quite some time and has to hobble around but he just did not have the money to see a qualified and reliable orthopaedic doctor. We brought him to Indore today for a check up and the doctor became very angry with us for having brought him so late. Both the knees had degenerated to the extent that only through costly knee replacement surgery could the farmer's mobility be restored. Obviously this was beyond his means and so eventually we paid for some injections and medicines that would offer temporary relief. He is also a long time sufferer of acidity which too is now being cured by us with the use of ayurvedic medicines.
There is a deep livelihood crisis in rural areas with farmers just not earning enough to feed and care for themselves let alone invest on their farms. So the productivity of the farms is going down continuously and weather shocks like droughts and floods are further aggravating the situation. The poverty that results, prevents the farmers from bearing heavy medical expenses in the absence of a functional public health system and so in the end life in rural areas is in deep crisis. I have written so much about this intellectually over the past decade but it is only after doing work on Subhadra's farm and comparing the minimal monetary value of that with the huge monetary value of the same labour time that I spend in doing vacuous consultancies, that this vicious anomaly has got driven like iron into my soul. This Republic is not for farmers.