Sri Mukhtsar Sahib – UNITED SIKHS Blog http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog Recognize The Human Race As One Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:45:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Part 4: Farmers’ dilemma at field in Sri Mukhtsar Sahib. http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/04/part-4-farmers-dilemma-at-field-in-sri-mukhtsar-sahib/ Sat, 06 Apr 2013 20:06:57 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1892 Sri Mukhtsar Sahib

21 March 2013

Going on to the fields, an essence of greenery went through the mind. The lush green fields give a great sense security regarding food and happiness. One can say that Mukhtsar is like an island in the sea of green fields around.  Nearly the whole city depends upon the production from the farm directly or indirectly as at least one member of the family is associated with the field.” If the production is good the city celebrates, whereas if the production is the other way round the city goes into darkness” tells a local of Mukhtsar.

The farmers of this region are not the original owner s of the land, they are working for their landlords sitting elsewhere. Organic farming constitutes not more than 2 % of the total farming in the area. It is the modern farming methods which are used to grow crops. The problem with the farmers is that they are helpless on using pesticides as the natural method is risky, a risk which they cannot bear as their whole 6 months depend upon the current production which can only be saved with the help of pesticides and insecticides. Also, on an overall basis, the monoculture of wheat in tone season and rice in the other is also a problem as the risk on crop failure itself digs a deeper well for the farmers and their owners.

As a measure to improve the farming system in the area, suggestion came out from them was an assurance from the farm owners that organic farming will be used which may not initially give the desired amount of production. Also, an awareness needs to be created to limit the use of pesticides and the use of safety measures like gloves, masks, jackets while spraying pesticides to reduce the occupational disease of farming.

 

Amitoj Singh
Coordinator, UNITED SIKHS India
E: unitedsikhs-india@unitedsikhs.org

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Part 2: Students on cancer awareness in Sri Mukhtsar Sahib. http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/04/part-2-students-on-cancer-awareness-in-sri-mukhtsar-sahib/ Sat, 06 Apr 2013 20:04:20 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1888 Sri Mukhtsar Sahib

19-3-2013

Sri Mukhtsar Sahib may not a big city with big educational institutes but over time some of the educational institutions have emerged as sought after ones atleast pulling students from north Indian states, also not to forget is the famous Government College, Mukhtsar will have highest number of seats in the area. The United Sikhs team went to 5 colleges of different educational fields for awareness campaign on awareness on cancer and organic agriculture and also to check the awareness level of the students studying in the area.

The team first reached the Khalsa College, Mukhtsar followed by Guru Nanak B.Ed College, Mai Bhago Medical College, Guru Nanak Ayruveda College and Govt. College Mukhtsar where a brief presentation was given regarding what the problem is in order to sensitise them. There after solutions were sought from them upon the issue. Students came up with solutions, some of them were specific according to their educational field. For example, the ayruvedic college students came up with a traditional therapy which is less painful and B.Ed students gave ways to sensitise students, specially the small ones which take their message home for their parents. Students from farm background gave their experiences and the problem and also expressed their unwillingness to go for organic farming as their task is huge with no results in terms of good yield.

Overall the awareness level of the students is low in the region when it comes to cancer and other problems which the city is facing right now. According to them it is the state government work to correct the situation in the city. Though some mentioned global warming, pesticides in the farm, uranium in underground as the problem but they were unsure of the same as it all came in the news. After talking to the authorities, an attempt to set awareness drives was made which can be done at a later stage for a beginning for better days ahead.

 

Amitoj Singh
Coordinator, UNITED SIKHS India
E: unitedsikhs-india@unitedsikhs.org

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