MISSION SAVE FARMER

Let’s save our farmers, the soul of our country.

“Jai Jawan , Jai Kisan” - This slogan of a visionary prime minister Shri. Lal Bahadur Shastri have lost its potential over the time. After the independence, according to Gandhiji's vision of Gram-Swaraj, villages and specially farmers were to be the main focus of any development plan of India. As years passed, by agriculture as an industry lost its importance for policy makers of India. This over the time caused severe distress among the farmers leading to recent dramatic rise in the number of suicides among farmer community. The number of farmers committing suicide in India is more than twice of the total number of suicides being committed in the top 100 countries on the suicide list! Every day in national newspaper invariably there is news related to farmers' suicides, especially in the region of Marathwada (Maharashtra). As per Government record, total 198 farmer suicide cases has been recorded in 2012, and then 207 in 2012, 574 in 2014 and 1130 in 2015 - It clearly indicate that the situation is getting worst day by day.

Since long time, farmers have been facing a number of socioeconomic problems, such as harassment by moneylenders, inability to repay debts following crop loss, inability to get medical treatment for the family, etc. The problem is compounded by lack of positive and cooperative support from banks especially in the face of inclement weather and market fluctuations. The geographical disadvantages double up as the plains of Marathwada are spread more in the interior parts of Peninsular India. The region has no major river flowing through it. The region is far from the western coast and eastern coast – and the mountain regions of Western Ghats restricts all the weather activity and leaves very little for Marathwada. Of course the geographical structure is not man made and can not be restructured. But has this happened all of a sudden? then no, it was there since long but we ignored it completely. In spite of fact that the people are heavily dependent on the water reservoirs, there are very limited numbers of water reservoirs in the region. We failed short to see the future and did not prepared ourselves to fight with 'What if?' situation, and therefore today we caught in to this trouble.

While it has already happened, many institutes and organizations have conducted research and proposed the long-term solutions to come out of this situation. Although there can not be a sudden stop to all this, but we strongly feel that some small but immediate actions can definitely reduce the frequency of these incidents. Instead of always pointing towards Government we believe that as a part of this society it is our everyone's equal responsibility to help farmers.

With this backdrop, In December 2014 we started with an initiative called Mission Save Farmer to help poor and needy farmers, especially in the region of Marathwada, without restriction to any cast or religion. It intends to help farmers morally, financially or in any other way, in order to prevent them from ending their own lives. It will assist farmers to learn and adopt new farming strategy, techniques to improve their crops productivity, with reduced efforts. Additionally it will provide financial assistance in case of medical or any other emergency situation in their family, with an intension to reduce extra burden on their minds.

In last 4 years (2014 to 2017) Aadharwad Foundation have helped 71 suicide committed farmer's families, in the form of financial aid and/or fulfilling all their farming needs.

Completed programs

In 2014 farmer suicides were still in gray dark and unfortunately not many NGOs or people were prominently working on this problem. Being one of the first NGO to act on this problem we had to start from zero. We started contacting several Government officers like District Collector, SDM, Tehsildar in that region and requested for authentic information on recent farmer suicides in their jurisdiction. Based on all available information we selected 50 worst cases to work upon, and then also contacted other social group (JIJAU.COM, Parbhani) and NGOs (Vision WellFare Association, Dharmabad) in that specific region who can assist us to reach up to those farmers. After all this ground work, We drafted a well defined structure with few goals in mind. Of course financial aid was there in our plan but that was not the only thing. We decided to visit affected families to understand actual problems and reasons. We tried our best to motivate and strengthen the moral of family members, especially the deceased farmer's wife. There we realized that farmer's wives were more worried about their children's future rather then their own, and so we assured all of them that future of their children will be protected by educating them with our NGO's financial support. While doing so, we also met other farmers in those villages. It gave us an opportunity for open gatherings with villagers and make them realize that suicide is not a solution at all and by that they are only pushing their family in to hell.

By the end of 2014 we met 19 farmer families, spread across 18 villages within 5 different districts and extended immediate financial aid of Rs. 2,30,000/-. Also slowly press and media started writing about Mission Save Farmer and it also made other NGOs, Social Workers to start thinking on similar lines.

Benefited Farmers

Sr. No. Name Address Visit Date Financial Aid
1 Prakash Annasaheb Lahane Bhardi, Tq. Ambad, Jalna 15/12/2014 Rs. 20,000/-
2 Ramesh Ramratan Pawar Karanjkalla, Tq. Kalamb, Osmanabad 20/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
3 Parmeshwar Subrao Pawar Karanjkalla, Tq. Kalamb, Osmanabad 20/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
4 Raghunath Ramrao Dhawale Kagban, Tq. Vasmat, Hingoli 13/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
5 Govind Vitthalrao Gore Kagban, Tq. Vasmat, Hingoli 13/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
6 Tulashiram Narayan Mandwad Kakandi, Tq. Nanded 14/12/2014 Rs. 20,000/-
7 Vandana Murali Kadam
Murali Gangadhar Kadam
Chikna, Tq. Dharmabad, Nanded 13/12/2014 Rs. 20,000/-
8 Laxman Jakkoji Jadhav Mashti, Tq. Dharmabad, Nanded 20/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
9 Shivaji Babarao Mansinge Jaflapur, Tq. Dharmabad, Nanded 20/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
10 Gajanan Survye Umra, Tq. Pathri, Parbhani 27/12/2014 Rs. 20,000/-
11 Anil Giri Pokharni Tq. Parbhani 27/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
12 Ramchandra Kadam Mangrul Tq. Manvat, Parbhani 27/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
13 Gopal Ladane Kekarjavala Tq. Manvat, Parbhani 27/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
14 Ganesh Pimpale Ukkalgaon Tq. Manvat, Parbhani 27/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
15 Suresh Tare Kolha Tq. Manvat, Parbhani 27/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
16 Ambadas Babarao Nalage Aaral Tq. Vasmat, Hingoli 28/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
17 Manik Umaji Bhalerav Darefal Tq. Vasmat, Hingoli 28/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
18 Namdev Sambhaji Vyavahare Bhendegav Tq. Vasmat, Hingoli 28/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-
19 Uttamrav Marotrav Kute Matha Tq. Aundha, Hingoli 28/12/2014 Rs. 10,000/-

In first half of 2015, We continued with our farmer visits and by the end of April 2015 we met all remaining 31 families, spread across 28 different villages in 6 districts of Marathwada. With little media coverage, people started appreciating our work and we received needed monetary contribution from everywhere, especially from our friends working in IT industry. In addition to that we were successful in gaining the trust of many Government Officers and they also started supporting our initiative by instructing their local representatives like Talathi, Mandal Adhikari, Gram Sevak to cooperate us during our visits - having that we were able to solve small problems on the spot e.g. Ration Card, special monthly compensation under various Government schemes for widows etc.

Benefited Farmers

Sr. No. Name Address Visit Date Financial Aid
1 Bhagvat Trimbak Maane Shend, Latur 11/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
2 Balaji Vishvmbar Sawant Nalegaon, Latur 11/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
3 Narayan Namdeo Bhojane Shirur, Latur 11/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
4 Bhujang Angadrao Shirure Rapka, Latur 11/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
5 Arun Dattatray Gambhire Jawalga, Latur 01/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
6 Gangadhar Kamaji Shilekar Belkuni, Nanded 18/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
7 Digambar Baliram Lungare Panbhosi, Nanded 18/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
8 Santosh Ramrao Naikwade Panbhosi, Nanded 18/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
9 Ashok Laxman Javale Kolher, Beed 25/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
10 Vishnu Tukaram Pankhede Rajpimpari, Beed 25/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
11 Sitaram Baburao Nikam Sirasdevi, Beed 25/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
12 Sandeep Saklaji Nangre Wahegaon, Jalna Rs. 10,000/-
13 Krishna Namdeo Shinde Wahegaon, Aurangabad 22/03/2015 Rs. 20,000/-
14 Babasaheb Mahadeo Bhosale Kondgav, Osmanabad 18/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
15 Babasaheb Manik Jagtap Ruibhar, Osmanabad 18/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
16 Madhukar Tambe Deolali, Osmanabad 18/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
17 Digambar Sopan Gatkal Ambi, Osmanabad 18/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
18 Bapu Gaikwad Saramkundi, Osmanabad 18/01/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
19 Shaikh Usman Shamsoddin Alu Wadgaon, Nanded 07/02/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
20 Genardhan Sudam Sawant Anandwadi, Jalna 28/04/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
21 Prabhakar Eknath Khoje Jogaladevi, Jalna 21/02/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
22 Janardhan Trimbak Shinde Bhendala, Jalna 21/02/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
23 Sharad Vithalrao Deshmukh Uswad, Jalna 21/02/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
24 Punjaram Ramkishan Kakde Kandari, Jalna 21/02/2015 Rs. 20,000/-
25 Dattatray Srirangrao Kakde Walkhed, Jalna 21/02/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
26 Baliram Manikrao Aaher Dhopateshwar, Jalna 22/02/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
27 Raosaheb Anna Jare Dhopateshwar, Jalna 22/02/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
28 Ashok Ganesh Nihal Dhopateshwar, Jalna 22/02/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
29 Ganesh Kundlik Lokhande Lingewadi, Jalna 22/02/2015 Rs. 20,000/-
30 Shenfad Kashinath Borde Dagadwadi, Jalna 22/02/2015 Rs. 10,000/-
31 Arun Gopal Fadat Borgaon, Jalna 22/02/2015 Rs. 10,000/-

In addition to help them in their farming, we also started working towards making them self-sustained by motivating them for entrepreneurship . In line with this, we provided (at free of cost) Goats and Stitching Machines to few deceased farmer's wives, based on their skills and interest.

Benefited Farmers

Sr. No. Name Place Date Aid Provided
1 Shobha Silip Kale Babultara, Tq. Partur 06/12/2015 1 Stitching Machine
2 Sulabai Baban Giri Babultara Tq. Partur 13/12/2015 2 Goats
3 Narayan Madhukar Kashte Soyanjana Tq. Partur 17/12/2015 2 Goats

There is a very famous saying "Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. But teach him how to fish, he will eat for the rest of his life". Until 2015, We use to provide money to deceased farmer families. But when we thought on certain questions like 'how long they could have survived on it?' 'How long we could keep sending money?' it made us to re-think on the format of our aid being provided to farmers. Additionally, with experience from last 2 years, we understood that our farmers have a strong self-esteem and not everyone of them is happy to accept free money. They wanted to be helped in a way by which they can again stand on their own feet. Also, having money was not sufficient, because until this day the farmer's wife never had been in to a situation where she have to purchase seeds, fertilizer or pesticides needed for farming. Having thought on all these points, In 2016 we decided to provide them all that they would need for farming, like furrowing their farms by tractors, providing high quality seeds, fertilizers and pesticides etc. All it was supposed to be made available at free of cost and most importantly right at their door.

We selected 10 deceased farmer's families from Partur taluka and assisted them for a complete crop season - Jun to March. This pilot project has been very satisfactory and a exemplary project. Those 10 farmers have produced total 73 Quintals of Cotton, 55 Quintals of Soyabean and 10 Quintals of Toor out of 20-22 acres – which would make them earn approximately 6 lakhs in all together. By this refined approach we didn't hurt their self-esteem as they were the one who actually worked in those farms, sowed seeds and cultivated those crops. They have earned far more than what we use to provide them in the form of net cash, but most important thing is that they got their confidence back, which money could have never done it.

Benefited Farmers

Sr. No. Name Place Crop Production
1 Dattatray Kakde Walkhed Tq. Partur Cotton, Soyabean Cotton 5.5 Quintal, Soyabean 12 Quintal
2 Rambhau Bhumbar Yenora Tq. Partur Cotton, Soyabean, Toor Cotton 10 Quintal, Soyabean 3.5 Quintal, Toor 7 Quintal
3 Sandeep Nagare Shristi Wahegaon Tq. Partur Cotton Cotton 8 Quintal
4 Sukhdev Aakat Satona, Tq. Partur Cotton, Soyabean Cotton 11 Quintal, Soyabean 5 Quintal
5 Baban Giri Babultara Tq. Partur Cotton Cotton 1.5 Quintal
6 Ramkishan Chougule Wadarwadi Tq. Partur Cotton, Soyanbean Cotton 4 Quintal, Soyabean 7 Quintal
7 Mahadev Tekale Sankanpuri Tq. Partur Cotton, Soyabean Cotton 8 Quintal, Soyabean 10 Quintal
8 Vithal Bhumbar Khandavi Tq. Partur Cotton Cotton 5 Quintal
9 Dnyanoba Kakade Mapegaon Khurd Tq. Partur Cotton, Toor Cotton 12 Quintal, Toor 3 Quintal
10 Kishan Ganjale Ashti Tq. Partur Cotton, Soyabean Cotton 8 Quintal, Soyabean 18 Quintal

In continuation with what we started in 2016, The Aadharwad Foundation have identified 8 (7 deceased farmers, 1 fire tragedy victim) needy farmer families from Partur, Ghansavangi, Mantha and Jalna taluka to whom high quality cotton, soyabean seeds along with enough required fertilizers were provided, right at their door.

Additionally, Miss. Ashwini, daughter of late. Vitthal Shinde, who wanted to continue her graduation (B.Sc.) and prepare for competitive exams (as per her father's wish) at Parbhani have been provided with financial assistance of Rs. 30,000/- in order to cover all expenditures of an year.

Benefited Farmers

Sr. No. Name Place Crop Production
1 Gangadhar Surase Gunjmurti Tq. Ghansavangi Cotton 30 Quintal Cotton
2 Madhukar Shinde Surumgaon Tq. Partur Cotton 12 Quintal Cotton
3 Gajanan Magar Haste Pimpalgaon, Tq. Jalna Cotton, Soyabean 3 Quintal Cotton, 7 Quintal Soyabean
4 Ashok Satpute Haste Pimpalgaon, Tq. Jalna Cotton 4 Quintal Cotton
5 Sopan Kakde Jaipur Tq. Mantha Cotton, Soyabean TBC
6 Rameshwar Gayake Ner Tq. Jalna Cotton, Soyabean TBC
7 Baban Shelake Pahegaon Tq. Jalna Cotton, Soyabean TBC
8 Rohidas Shinde Ashti Tq. Partur Cotton, Soyabean 6 Quintal Cotton, 4 Quintal Soyabean

On 18th December 2017 Shri. Datta Rambhau Solanke (Vill. Soyanjana Tq. Partur Dist. Jalna) committed suicide due to continued losses in his farming, leading to financial crises. Thereafter on 28th December Aadharwad Foundation’s President Shyam Wadhekar and other volunteers visited his family and assured them all possible support in this crises situation of their life. On 11th May, the farm furrowing has been completed in all 6 acres of agricultural land of this farmer. Now in coming month of Jun, Cotton, Soyabean and Toor Seeds along with all required fertilizers will be provided to them for starting seeds sowing for this crop season. Additionally, all 3 kids of this farmer have been assured educational aid under Kartavya Foundation for their education here onwards.

On 14th May, An another farmer committed suicide in a village called Pande Pokhari near Ashti Tq. Partur. This farmer had 4 acres of farming (dry) land, and due to repeated losses in farming he was unable to repay the debt taken during his 2 elder daughters' marriage, Shri. Sundarrao Ghatul ended his life, leaving behind only a son Ganesh (8th Class) with his wife. Now It's a bitter fact that Ganesh and his mother will go through a tough life in near future! and we are not capable of solving all their problems. However being a human, it's our responsibility to help such families as much as we can. With this honest thought, our local volunteers met them on 6th Jun and assured to provide educational help to Ganesh until he completes his graduation. Furthermore, to reduce their financial burden we have assured them to support for this season's farming - Cotton Seeds, Fertilizers etc.

On 17th Jun, our volunteers again visited these 2 farmer's families and handed over all required Cotton, Soyabean, Moog Crop Seeds and Fertilizers for this season. Further on 8th September they have been provided with all needed insect pesticides for their crops.

Benefited Farmers

Sr. No. Name Place Crop Production
1 Datta Rambhau Solanke Soyanjana Tq. Partur 5 Bag Cotton, 3 Soyabean, 2 Toor TBC
2 Sundarrao Ganpatrao Ghatul Pande Pokhari Tq. Partur 6 Bag Cotton TBC

Our NGO has been always the first one (and probably only one!) in this drought affected region to extend immediate aid for deceased farmer families. As part of Mission Save Farmer we have helped 73 families since December 2014. We are very sure that everyone appreciate this noble act of kindness. However that's not enough for us to continue with this initiative, as it need financial support as well.

CONTRIBUTION

Aadharwad Foundation has a strong volunteer team, and it includes social activists as well as highly educated people like Engineer, Doctor, Teacher and all these people have volunteered tirelessly for success of this initiative. They are many, but just to highlight few of them Shri. Sakharam Mujmule, Devidas Karhale, Shankar Devshatwar, Balasaheb Dhumal, Santosh Khandagale, Shabbir Sheikh, Nitin Mujmule, Rajesh Raut, Amol Kharat, Shri. Sampat Irkar, Jagdish Chandar, Sunil Chandar, Anirudha Katare.

In Dec 2014 to March 2015 when we had to visit other districts, we asked for help from few other NGOs and Social Groups to reach up the farmers in their districts. Mr. Sudhakar Patil from Vision Welfare Foundation (Dharamabad), Mr. Sudarshan Jagdale from GDP Foundation Osmanabad, Mr. Amol Suroshe, Mr. Prakash Pimple, Mr. Dnyaneshwar Renge from Jijau.com group Parbhani and Mr. Sachin Ubale (Swabhiman) from Beed are few of them.

This initiative is completely based on public donations. The people from IT and Software Industry, from within as well as outside of India are our prominent fund contributors.


The Government officers in our region have always helped this initiative in various ways and have always provided authenticated information on farmer suicides, without that this initiative would not have been possible. The Mr. Sachindra Singh (IAS), Mr. Amgothu Sriranga Naik (IAS), Srmt. Jyoripriya Singh (IPS), Mr. Arvind Lokhande (SDO), Mr. Vinod Gundamwar (Tehsildar), Mr. Rajabhau Kadam (Tehsildar), Mr. Anand Kambale (Krushi Adhikari), Mr. Rahul Mahiwal (IAS), Mr. Shivaji Jondhale (IAS) are few of them.

The print and electronic media have been very cooperative with us for this initiative. They made it to possible for us to reach up to the larger audience, and surely seeing that many people thought to support us. We are very thankful to news channels ABP Majha, IBN Lokmat and news papers like सकाळ, दिव्य मराठी, आनंद नगरी, पुण्य नगरी, सामना, पुढारी .

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