This sheer beauty is the result of incessant labour of those hands that toil the soil for the yield of crops and the blooming of flowers. The village of Thiruthuraipoondi, in Tamil Nadu fosters agriculture and floriculture. The vast acres of green lands is majorly captured by paddy farming and during off seasons vegetables take over. The importance of this cannot be stressed more, for this village is filled with women harvesters. Women are seen working early morning in the fields, in the afternoons they quickly cater to the household needs and in dusk they water the crops again. It is a living sign of equality that the areas, although remote, usher out loud. In many households these women are sole earners, and in others, they are partners in household income generation.
The produce from their farming is well stocked and packed in jute sacks. These sacks are sold off to collectors from the local market. The excess of yield, for Mother nature is ever giving, is then taken to cubical grocery stores, where both the crops and vegetables are sold to the neighbours and native customers. Agriculture is more than just farming in this village. It is a life cycle. A combination of honour, money, bread and living.
The recent pandemic of Covid-19 and its resultant lockdown has had a dreadful effect on the farmers and associated grocery store owners. Their yielding activities have completely ceased, because the long hours of land-labour is no longer a possibility under the effect of the lockdown, for Thiruthuraipoondi is just an hour from the busy hub of city life. This also means that the land is not getting the general care for fertility retention that it usually does, imposing long-term harm. Labourers who would be working in farmlands to earn and support their families on a daily basis have also suffered tremendously, as they are the sole breadwinners. Stored produce from previous months have not been able to reach the local sellers in the markets, which brings them their daily bread and basic commodities. The stock rotting has put a lock in the small grocery stores for crops and vegetables is what is sold primarily. Farming land, where the villagers of Thiruthuraipoondi grow their chain of sustenance, is dry leaving major households financially crippled.
Milaap plans to stand with these farmers during this time of hardship when they struggle to generate an income to support their livelihood. Your humble contribution can help stabilise the families of these farmers who have been severely affected due to COVID lockdowns. In addition, it will also ensure continuity in running their daily expenses and household necessities. Extend your helping hand to support the community which is in normal times self sustained.