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They prayed to the rain God and Mother Earth

Divine intervention:Farmers performing a pooja in Alladurg of Medak district on Wednesday.Photo: Mohd Arif

Divine intervention:Farmers performing a pooja in Alladurg of Medak district on Wednesday.Photo: Mohd Arif  

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Farmers perform pooja at Lord Bhetala temple before beginning farming for kharif season

It was a festive mood in the mandal headquarters town on Wednesday. Scores of farmers gathered in the open field adjacent to Lord Bhetala temple on the outskirts of the village.They decorated their bulls and tied them to the tiller, getting ready to begin farming.

The farmers are the happiest lot for the first time in three years, as rains have come on time and they have also started procuring seeds for the same.

“Oh! Lord Varuna, bless us with timely and sufficient rain. Goddess Mother Earth, please bless us with sufficient food grains. Let all the farmers be happy with the yield and let the village be happy too,” the priest said, while performing a pooja. The farmers prayed before breaking the coconut and tilling the land, welcoming the kharif season. They offered food grains, water, navadhanyalu (nine varieties of grains), and even prepared food.

The programme was organised by Telangana Rytu Rakshana Samithi (TRRS) and was attended by M. Kanaka Durga, secretary, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), to create awareness on organic farming.

“Do not go for seeds from outside. When we can develop our own seeds, why should we go to the market?” said Narasimhulu, one of the representatives of TRRS.

“Go for poor man’s crops like millets. I am cultivating different varieties of crops since the past two decades. I don’t need to depend on anyone as I have different food grains,” said Sattemma, a woman farmer from Nyalakal mandal.

M.S. Chandra, director of CARPED, an NGO, said people are dependent on farmers for their food, even though they earn a lot of money.

Ms. Durga said that farmers should reduce the use of pesticides and opt for organic cultivation. “There is a need to bring changes among farmers. Think about what is the best alternative. Improve the health of Mother Earth. We are ready to train 40 women from farmers’ families in alternative revenue generation,” she said. TRRS secretary Ranga Goud said that similar programmes would be held across the district in the near future.

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