The daily life of an Indian farmer is painstaking. He goes out to the field with his plough and cattle even before the sunrise. Whether it is biting cold, scorching summer or downpour, he ceaselessly works all the day to grow the crops. His legs and hands are clogged with mud and clay.
In the mid-day, his wife or children bring for him food which he takes under the shade of a tree. After his lunch, he again resumes his farming work. It is only the approach of darkness when he thinks of returning home with the tired body.
Such is the pitiable condition of a farmer that he spends all day in the field. We cannot compare any of our services with the agricultural work rendered by farmers. We can only sympathise with their predicament.
In such circumstances, it becomes our duty to make our younger generation experience a small portion of clumsy and untoward life led by farmers. They should be made aware that the food we consume requires lots of toil and adversity.
In order to serve this purpose, a junior college in Assam has come up with a unique initiative. Aspire College in Udalgiri district has made farming a practical class for the students.
As part of their curriculum, higher secondary first and second-year students of the college participated in sowing paddy in the field of a nearby village. Dressed in their college uniform, the students experienced the rural, traditional and clumsy life of an Indian farmer.
Educating agriculture to students in a practical way is really inspiring. They not only get introduced with the tradition of farming but also become aware of the environment. This activity will also inculcate the attitude of reforestation among the students. So, Aspire Junior College deserves a warm appreciation for starting this project.