Faces of India – 344, from Maddur, Karnataka

Faces of India

a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. I bring back souvenirs, frozen moments from my travels, why not some memories of people I have met and interacted during the travels. Faces of India is a weekly series in my blog since MARCH 2011. See more here

Rural agriculture faces of India

Rural agriculture in India is in a bad shape even after so many years of independence. Rural agricultural practices are so disheartening to see. During my several road trips across India, and Karnataka in particular it is disheartening to see the complete absence of mechanized farming. Processes like sieving, winnowing and threshing are still done manually. This man in picture is sieving the farm produce. Just nearby I saw a huge mound of grains, weighing definitely more than 100kgs. How long will it take you to sieve all this? I asked. It will take few days he replied. Till then they are mercy of weather God, praying He doesn’t decide to pour all of a sudden.

The 2 ladies are winnowing, depending totally on mercy of wind God so that he blows hard enough to blow the husk away. She lifts up the husks with grains and drops them from a height. The heavier ones  gets collected just below and the lighter husk gets blown away. For threshing they lay the sheaves on roads and wait for heavy vehicles to run over them.

So much hard work! Who wants to be a farmer?

Rural agriculture facesof India

Wordless Wednesday - 479 #CaptionThis
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