Gauri Sarin visited Chattisgarh to understand the ground realities. Here's her report:
Thoughts on my visit to Chattisgarh
- I visited the Agriculture Institute
in Raipur and met several agripreneurs who are playing a marvellous role in
agriculture in Chattisgarh.
- While there were a lot of
challenges, there were some positives. Women entrepreneurs like Namrataji, the
“Mushroom Queen”, Shaliniji who is converting forest produce into marketable
medicines and many others.
- It was disheartening to see that the
30,000 varieties of rice that Chattisgarh has are
slowly disappearing. Maintaining this rich variety and marketing them needs to
- The government policies while being
supportive have resulted in the farmer being disengaged from further growth of
the ecosystem; alcoholism is rampant and the huge amount of subsidies are not
helping the agriculture sector. Chattisgarh’spotential as India’s rice bowl
- I stayed in a village near Bilaspur
and did the Art of Living natural farming course.