Selflessly waiting in his wings
Pune, April 26: A farmer from Chikhali has become inspiration for many as he has reserved half an acre of his pearl millet harvest just for birds, even when he is struggling with the drought.
In Chikhali, birds flocking the farm of 67-year-old Dnyanoba More has become an inspiration for many. At a time, when birds are falling prey to the harshening sun, this farmer has reserved half an acre patch of his seven acre farm, where he grows pearl millet and other crops, exclusively for birds to feed.
This farmer, who passed out of school in the late 60s, claims he doesn’t know about the environment degradation and yet believes that “birds and animals at a farm are a good sign”. Abiding to his philosophy, he has selflessly sacrificed the space, where he could have harvested five-six quintals of pearl millet that might have earned him Rs 15,000. “I had sowed pearl millet over this half acre in January and February for this Kharif season. Generally, I cultivate jowar (sorghum) and pearl millet during the season,” said More.