When we think of Rajasthan, only desert lands and scorching sun come to our mind.
But even in such a place, thousands of farmers have transformed their barren lands into evergreen
heavens of year-long farming - using Solar pumpsets, Drip irrigation & Community farming ponds.
When ground water is available at less than 100 feet depth or within few hundreds of feet, why do our farmers end their lives citing crop losses?
So what - if there is no water from Cauvery or Mettur Dam?
So what - if you get 3-phase supply for only few hours a day and at different times?
So what - if electricity tariff also changes like Petrol and Diesel prices?
So what - if the Govts eliminate subsidies?
Can't we - utilize ground water to the maximum?
Can't we - plan for farming throughout the year?
Can't we - form local communities and build community farming ponds?
Can't we - invest in Solar pumps & get 4 - 6 hrs of water daily throughout the year?
Can't we - pay for what we use and keep our heads high?
Is it not better than living and dieing meekly?
Would anyone have dared to touch our lands to lay pipes to transport oil or drill holes to get gas, if we had adopted farming throughout the year?