23rd  December- National Farmer’s Day

National Farmers’ Day, also known as Kisan Diwas, is observed nationwide on December 23rd to pay tribute to the farmers of India. Also commemorate the birth anniversary of Choudhary Charan Singh, the nation’s fifth prime minister.

National Farmers Day, a day dedicated to honoring the hardworking men and women who till the soil, sow the seeds and cultivate the land, is a momentous occasion that highlights the vital role farmer’s play in sustaining our communities and economies. This day provides an opportunity for us to express our gratitude and appreciation for the dedicated individuals who contribute to the agricultural sector, ensuring a steady supply of food and resources for the world.

Challenges Faced by Farmers

Farmers are the backbone of our nation. Farmers tirelessly work to feed the growing population. They don’t just work in the fields; but by using sustainable methods of farming, they maintain the balance between nature & agriculture.

While we celebrate the achievements of farmers, it is also important to acknowledge the challenges facing by farmers.  The agriculture sector plays a significant role in the Indian economy.  Around 60% of the total Indian population is engaged in agriculture, contributing about 15% of the country’s GDP. Farmers are plagued by several issues. These directly or indirectly affect the farmer’s life. From procurement of inputs to marketing also post-harvest activities, farmers face a lot of challenges. However, the problems faced by farmers go often unnoticed.

History of National Farmer’s Day

India is known as a country of villages and agricultural surpluses. In 2001, the tenth government decided to recognize Choudhary Charan Singh’s contribution to the agriculture sector by celebrating his birth anniversary as Kisan Diwas. Since then, December 23 has been observed as National Farmers’ Day. This is generally celebrated by organising awareness campaigns and drives across the country to insights into National Farmers’ Day.

National Farmers’ Day, is also celebrated globally.  One of the primary goals of National Farmers Day is to express gratitude. Communities or individuals can use this day to show appreciation for farmers through various means, such as buying directly local produce, participating in agricultural events, or simply saying thank you.

National Farmers Day is an opportunity for us to pause and recognize the invaluable contributions of farmers to our society. On this special day, let’s show appreciation, endorse sustainable methods, and strive to create a future where farmers flourish, guaranteeing abundant harvests for generations ahead. Because M. S. Swaminathan said “If agriculture goes wrong, nothing else will have a chance to go right in the country.”