While the state has been witnessing more than its fair share of protests, agitations and campaigns for issues ranging the spectrum of human needs and then some, it is not often that the farmers of the state take to the streets to highlight their plights and make public their concerns. For unlike the rest of the agitators/protestors who can prolong their stand to push for their demands, farming is a very time dependent activity and one practiced by a majority who has limited approach and influence in the political sphere. And when these farmers put their tools down to take to the streets and raise a concern risking the damages of inattention to their crops, everybody should not just listen but understand that a very genuine and immediate point is needed to be made. It is for this very reason that the sit-in-protest staged by a group of farmers yesterday needs to be given the required attention of each and every one who has anything to do with farming in the state, including the consumers.
As one farmer puts it succinctly, identifying of real farmers through a process of registration and subsequent issue of documents such as Kishan Credit cards will go a long way in streamlining the distribution of various benefits and assistances designed to help the farmers to improve their activities. However, all these exercise and efforts will come to naught if a system of effective assessment and redressal is in place. Caring for the farmers is caring for the health of the people of the state.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.