My native Silambavelangadu, a village near Madukkur town in Tanjore District is one of the affected areas. People here raised coconut trees like one of their family members and now mourn their deaths in the dark.
Initiating this fund raiser to get the spark back in their lives by providing at least the basic amenities and assuring them that there is light waiting at the end of this sorrowful tunnel.
But what next? The trees have been like kith and kin helping financially for all good and bad. Many have even got loans relying on these trees hoping for the next harvest season. Dreams shattered and Screens pulled down. All has come to an end for them.
Firstly, they are relying on generators for water. Diesel cost is expensive and God knows when the power supply will be back after all lines and safety has been assured. Till now the people are helping themselves with what they can fund from within.
Next, they have to cut and dispose the coconut trees, uproot standing broken trees and clear them from the farms. Prepare land for what they are going to plan and crop.
Equipments, labour is required for the same. It is just not one or two, thousands of trees and disposal of all of them is still a puzzle. We are looking into ways to make it simpler with affordable machinery.
Please lend a hand to initiate this rebirth of these coconut farmers. Agriculture should survive and to sustain that they need help at the moment.
Every small bit matters..please put in any small bit and do share the link with friends and relatives. A small amount from lots of people can make a huge difference!
Bounce back Silambai! Urge you to help us come back! Thank you !