Sunday, April 20, 2008
WARNING: This article contains things that people don't want to hear. Its called truth.
There seems to be a lot of talk about this food crisis now. I think I want to give an insight as a son of a farmer (yes, my father is farmer).
It seems that when there is a crisis, a lot of people will be urging the farmer to "Plant More", "Use Technology" and so on.
First of all, do these people even know what the hell they are talking about? Some people say, to get more money, you should buy those Harvesting machine so you can charge people for services during the harvesting season. Do you know that the Harvesting machine used in my area came from Selangor as they cannot find more business there. Do you expect me to bring my machine to Phuket or something?
Plant more, how, unless they can come up with faster yielding padi, cause now the padi will take 3 to 4 months to yield result. And the result is just like 1500 to 2000 for the wait. What the hell, I can get more money working in a factory in one month. Who wants to be a padi farmer anymore? Do they know the hardship of a padi farmer? If you want to know the hardship of a padi farmer go read Shannon Ahmad's "Ranjau Sepanjang Jalan", there is an English version called "No harvest but a thorn".
People need to come up with proper, solid plan to get more people to plan padi, not some bullshit rhetoric talk. The plans must include proper support for farmers in terms of watering, seeds and transportation of the products.
If farmers are the most important people in the country, why are they getting the smallest amount of money?
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