For B.K. Manjushree of Chikkabantanahalli, Jagalur taluk in Davangere, media reports on farmers’ suicides are unbearable to read. Pursuing a Bachelors degree in agriculture for three years now, she believes mechanised and modern agricultural practises would help in the agrarian crisis.
This is what she has been telling farmers at T.M. Hosuru. “Farming with unscientific methods could increase input costs and push farmers into debt traps,” Ms. Manjushree told The Hindu. She is among 90 seventh semester students of the College of Agriculture at VC Farm, Zonal Agricultural Research Station, on the outskirts of Mandya, gaining Rural Agricultural Work Experiences (RAWE) through the 90-day compulsory village stay programme across the district, since July 19.