Hyderabad: 'On May 4th, I was travelling by road to Yenkepally in Moinababd mandal of Telangana, when I encountered a farmer disposing heaps of tomatoes on the road. When asked, the helpless farmer said, I am unable to get the right produce or labour or transportation cost during the lockdown. I am left with no option but to dispose the current produce'. In a small way to help the man, I purchased 200 Kgs of tomatoes for Rs 500 and distributed it among the temple staff,' shares CS Rangarajan, chief priest of Chilkur Balaji.
Moved by the plight of farmers, Chilkur Balaji Temple has launched, ‘Be a Farmer Challenge’ to appreciate the Telangana farmers to create a new record in paddy cultivation this Rabi Season.
On the occasion of Nrusimha Jayanthi, temple priests along with few devotees will sow a seed in agricultural land in Chilkur.
Temple priests have asked devotes to sow seeds in a flower pot or in their gardens at their respective places.
Over 40 lakh acres of land have been brought under the paddy cultivation this Rabi season. Farmers are expecting production of over one crore tonnes this season.
Apart from the sowing seeds, the priests have asked the devotees to help farmers to transport their produce. Lockdown has badly affected the farming activities and many farmers are facing difficulties to sell their produce.
“Let us use this auspicious occasion of Sri Nrusimha Jayanthi to accept the agriculture challenge and plant a seed to invoke the blessings of the Lord Nrusimha and Balaji to destroy the evil called coronavirus. The initiative is been done to boost the moral of the farmers,” said CS Rangarajan, chief priest of Chilkur Balaji.
Appreciating farmers, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said due to the lockdown they cannot celebrate the feat.
Many start-ups and individuals have also come forward to help the farmers. Ruchit Garg started a twitter page to connect farmers directly with consumers. A Hyderabad, based start-up is also solving supply chain issues faced by farmers