I have a good but weird thought. I don’t know if such a policy or an NGO already exists. But my thought is this:
1. Making agriculture a profession.
2. Empowering rural India with latest technology in farming.
3. Provide real time and meaningful education to farmers and their children.
4. Making agriculture an attractive export business.
Many people leave villages in search of jobs but end up on footpaths. Most of these people will be farmers who don’t own farm land or who think agriculture is a cheap thing to do. But opposing this, my thought will empower villages with latest technology of farming, living and even education.
We hear rural children suffering a lot. Be it child labour, illiteracy, no basic need living and so on. But the other side of child labor is vocational training, which is fundamental concept of my thought.We know green revolution, in a mass production sense. But my thought is mass production on a single farm land.
The idea is like this:
1. Take large land (hectares and even more) as a lease from the govt.
2. Employ farmers to irrigate the land. – Agriculture a profession.
3. There will be school in the same land where the children of the farmers will be educated. This education will never be class oriented. But foundation oriented. The students will never be promoted from one class to another but will be given education to attend class X level exam directly and will be supported if the student wants to pursue higher education. Even there will be night classes for the farmers working in the land. – Literacy
4. The children and farmers will be given some portion of land for experimentation. – Research and development. There can be tie ups with universities world wide.
5. If the child is not interested in R&D, he should help the farmers in the actual production – Not child labor but vocational training.
6. I also know a private company (non Indian) which farms very large land and markets its products world wide. With many natural resources available, why can’t we establish such a firm or be a partner of that firm itself – Making agriculture an attractive business.
7. The farmers whoever are the employees, will be the stake holders.
Though the idea is not truly mine. As I don’t want the thought to just be a thought, I'm posting this here. There are many issues to discuss and also there is an ample scope of research. But just want to post the thought so that I can know if there is similar already work going on, as rightly said “Don’t re-invent the wheel”. Even I can fine tune my ideas, if crude.
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