Solutions looking for problems
People, many a time well meaning ones, identify that they have a solution that can be used to solve so many problems. They go about hunting for these problems. When you have a hammer in your hand, everything looks like a nail. Unless you stop yourself and learn to look further beyond the hammer in your hand.
So it is now with millet cultivation. It is exciting to see so many farmers trying to cultivate millets again. But the Agriculture officers have a hammer and millets are the new nails. Just read this in a news report from Madurai …
Farmers can also claim 50% subsidy on micro nutrient inputs for millet fields, the department announced. All the extension centres are adequately stocked with certified seeds, agricultural inputs like solid and liquid nutrients and fertilisers.
So many in the sustainable farming movement are promoting millets and some amongst us are trying to engage with the system trying to work it to the benefit of the small and marginal farmers. This news report shows how the system responds and squelches any hope people might have of seeing a change in the approach of those in power.
The struggle continues.