Sadhguru Recounts His Days As A Farmer | Kisan Day Special

So in another twenty five years
who is going to grow food in this land? Because growing a crop is not a joke. If we handle this land right, we can provide
food for the entire world, it’s possible to do that if you do this, farmers will be rich and well-to-do;
all this debt that is there in the banks will not happen, Superscript: Sadhguru Recounts His Days As A Farmer One of the great achievements in this country – we have built businesses, we have built industries,
we are going to the mars all this is wonderful but greatest achievement in this country is our poor illiterate farmer
with little infrastructure almost no technology, just with traditional knowledge he is able
to produce food for one billion people, this is the greatest achievement. But right now we are pushing the farmers to a place where you know thousands of them
are committing suicide. You… If you want you go about and ask – how many
of the farmers want their children to go into farming? You will see it is less than fifteen percent. So in another twenty five years
who is going to grow food in this land? Because growing a crop is not a joke. Tomorrow morning you can’t
go to the field and grow a crop. There is a traditional knowledge which is so valuable
because of a long history of agriculture in this country. It is in the DNA of the farmer that
he knows how to take a crop out of soil. At one time, I used to farm. First time I went out farming, I just finished my graduation and I want to do farming
as an entrepreneur and I went to farm. I bought these very expensive seeds and
they told me, “You got to throw it.” I hesitated. If I throw it, what will happen? How to throw this? Just now, I paid so much money and got this. Now I’m supposed to just throw it like this
and the birds are waiting all over, I can see that. It took some courage to throw it. But once you throw it, only if you throw it,
it will sprout and come back as a crop. I’ve always found raising the crop was just
a wonderful experience. Harvesting was the most painful experience because the way I am made I would like
to let the rats eat and the wild boar eat and give it away to the labor and walk away but I have a bloody banker
who’s loaned money to me. (Laughter) You know I have to pay back and
there are other issues. (Laughs) So I always found harvesting is the
most bitter experience for me. I love the crops growing up. Many times, you know, early morning 04:30,
05:00 when it’s just… sunlight is falling upon, just seeing this plants, the way they grow day-by-day,
it’s such an incredible experience. After I got into teaching and then I was spending all my money very rapidly traveling and organizing programs. So,.. about three-and-a-half years I think I lasted out
my old savings and then it was all gone. So then I had to grow something to make a living.
(Laughs) So I decided to grow cabbage. Cabbage was doing great in the market and
then I thought I’ll grow cabbage because my farm was too far away and… it was little remote and I had lot of wild boar in the area. If I put cabbage they will feast. (Laughs) So I decided to… I asked my friend and he gave me a few acres
where he had the facility. He said, ‘You do it in my farm.’ He had a home there. So I went and stayed on this. It’s a 70-day crop – preparation and harvesting
everything, ninety days I give myself and I said, ‘I’ll grow a crop, I’ll make enough money
so that another one, two years I can go on.’ So I went and sat there and I’ve spent all my money. So I’m really stingy. I… Even if I have to ride back home I’m thinking of the gas. So I’m trying to make some
simple meal there and survive and I don’t want to spend on the labor,
so I am physically working on the farm. So these things, you know, like cabbage is
a very hybrid cabbage, expensive seeds they are, so we grow it in a tray first inside the house. Then they all come up like this (Gestures). Then we take each one of them and transplant them. So I don’t want to give it to any labor
because if they just do this (Gestures), each one of them costs money. So I sit there and if you put it in the day
their survival rate will be low. So evening after sunset I will sit down
and work till 01:00 a.m., planting, planting, planting with a torchlight. It has to be in a straight line.
So put a rope, tie a string and… So did all this backbreaking work and then… This things grow very fast. In about 12-15 days they’re forming tiny little cabbages. This is the month of November and Mysore is
most of the time misty and foggy in the mornings. Morning mist and sunlight I just sit there, I want to
see the first light when it falls on this cabbages. It’s the most incredible scene, you know. It’s like almost you’re delivering 10,000 babies.
(Laughs) It feels like that. Each one of them just every day,
every day they’re getting bigger and I sit up in the morning so that one thing
I like to watch them, another thing… I don’t want somebody to eat them up. (Laughs) So I had such incredible experience growing them. Then the harvest came. The cabbages all sized up like that, nice and I thought… I’m counting money in my head. Though it was such a beautiful experience
to grow the cabbage when it… when the time to harvest came the market,
the vegetable prices crashed. It became 25 paise per kilogram. Twenty five paise means it’s a quarter of a rupee. One rupee means 1/45th of a dollar. One cabbage is weighing about one-and-a-half kilograms, sometimes two kilograms, it’s twenty-five paisa. It is not even worth harvesting and loading it on the truck
because it doesn’t even pay for the truck; doesn’t even pay for the transport. So I sat there and as the cabbages grew… because I was living there and
so I ate some cabbages (Laughter), everyday cabbage (Laughter). And my father was going crazy,
‘He’s left a successful business and you know (Laughs) sitting and growing cabbages in somebody else’s farm,’
not even in my own land. I had enough land but because
too much wild boar near my land, I went to this particular place to grow and
it was closer to the city and it was not worth it. Then one day I just saw they’ve ripened fully and still
the market prices are no good, taking it to the market. So I just told the villagers, ‘Come and take, per family five, five cabbages
take it home and eat it,’ but still there is plenty. So I just left the cattle. I said, ‘Okay, go and eat it, enjoy.’ I saw the cattle was so happy. In their life they had not eaten anything
so juicy in their life, they were… chomp, chomp,
chomp, chomp, chomp, they went. Then I counted the money backwards. (Laughter) So I just let the cows eat my cabbages. (Laughs) Then I started looking what is it
that’s wrong with this whole process? The land is fantastic that part
of the Karnataka where I am, south of Mysore, you know,
southwest of Mysore, very, very rich land. But people still live badly. It’s such a fertile land, you can do anything
with it but still… people still live badly because it’s completely rain-fed and there is
no proper practices and, I mean, so disorganized. If you make a good crop, there is no price. If you make a bad crop… When the price is good, it’s a bad crop, you know, it’s alternating like this between bad crop and good price and good price… good crop and bad price
is a regular situation in the farming community. Right now one reason why farming is not succeeding is soil is weak, so water is scarce; another
thing is scale is too small to make it successful. The average land holding is one hectare, that means
two-and-a-quarter acres per family is what we have. At this level of holding
whatever you do is going to be waste. Everybody is under loan, okay? Some… Some seventy-eight percent of
Tamil Nadu’s farmers are under debt. Because… I’ll just tell you an example. A young farmer in our region – it’s very fertile region, he has three-and-a-half acres. So I meet him and asked him, “What are you doing for your water?
What’s your water source?” He says he’s put nine bore-wells. In three-and-a-half acres, he’s put nine bore-wells, because there are bore-well companies
which will come and promise, “If you put it here more water will come,
if you put it there more water will come.” Everybody’s hitting bore-wells and bore-wells. In three-and-a-half acres, maybe there is one or two
sources, or maybe there is no source of water. Because the scale is so small, everybody’s
putting a fence, everybody has a bore-well, everybody has an electric connection. This is not going to work. We need the scale, otherwise it’ll not work. Does it mean to say we have to take their land? No. For this, we have worked out a system,
I don’t want to go into all the details in this, but this is what Rally for Rivers was about – how to integrate irrigation and marketing
for the farmer so that his life can change. Now, one more big thing is, see India – the latitudinal spread that
you have from Kanyakumari to Himalayas – twelve months of the year you can crop. There are very few nations where you can
grow crops twelve months of the year. From Kanyakumari to Himalayas, you can grow
literally almost anything you want in the world. If we handle this land right, we can provide food
for the entire world, it’s possible to do that (Applause). And this is the only nation – this is the only nation where sixty-five to seventy percent
of the population knows how to do this magic of transforming mud into food,
it is not a small thing (Applause)! We could use that knowledge, we could
use that capability, or we could make them destitute and come to cities and live in slums without any dignity, without any life to live, without any
productivity, getting into crime. or other kinds of things because
they have no other option. So, this needs to be addressed. So, one of the things is, we have converted
literally over 69,670 farmers in Tamil Nadu from regular farming to what is called as agroforestry. Their incomes have gone up five to ten times
in a matter of eight to ten years (Applause). This is what we are calling as the Cauvery Calling
for the Cauvery belt…Cauvery basin area, because if you do this – we want to convert one-third of the Cauvery basin into agroforestry – if you do this, the forty-six percent depletion that’s happened in the river waters will come back. River will flow once again;
farmers will be rich and well-to-do; all this debt that is there in the banks will not happen,
because farmer will be rich by his own resource. I want all of you who are here today,
if you are a concerned citizen of this country, in some way please participate in Cauvery Calling. See right now to assist the farmer to shift
to agro forestry, there are a few things to happen. One thing is the saplings –
large scale development of saplings. We are looking at in twelve years to plant two hundred and forty-two crore trees,
that is 2.42 billion trees. This is not like, we are going to go
and physically plant everything. This will be done on farmers’ land by them,
but we have to support it So in Tamil Nadu, we have about thirty-two
nurseries spread across Tamil Nadu, we planted over thirty-five million in trees in the last
eighteen years – all on our own steam. Now this needs to scale up big time. So we have clear cut plans how to multiply this –
today this tissue culture, we have all the technologies, everything you know
we have assimilated all these things properly. Now to act we are looking at – taking in all the aspects it costs about
forty-two rupees per sapling, not a very big cost. So you don’t have to plant just one, hmm? This has to be done in a planned way,
we must execute this. Otherwise this nation is not…
is sitting on too many problems and soon… too many possibilities also, but to convert problems into possibilities, every citizen has to stand up and
do what needs to be done (Applause).

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  2. ๐Ÿ™เคงเคจเฅเคฏเคตเคพเคฆ เคธเคฆเฅเค—เฅเคฐเฅ ๐Ÿ™

  3. SADHGURU U ARE THE LIVING GOD.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ lots of respect from NE INDIA.

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  14. Amazing! I put two dollars USD into Cavery Calling. I just realized that it was supposed to take 2 dollars from my bank account every month but I just remembered that it hasn't been happening but one day I will put more into this incredible much needed project! Thank you Sadhguru!

  15. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  16. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  17. เฒธเฒฆเณเฒ—เณเฒฐเณ เฒจเฒฟเฒฎเณเฒฎ เฒนเณŠเฒฒเฒฆเฒฒเณเฒฒเฒฟ เฒฐเฒพเฒ—เฒฟ เฒ•เณ‚เฒก เฒฌเณ†เฒณเณ†เฒฆเฒฟเฒฆเณเฒฐเฒพ

  18. Though I am not farmer by profession yet I am involved with farming. The joy of listening to Sadhguru on farming is so real.

  19. He geared all his geniuses toward dirt and found the matrix. Such a humble choice for a boundless man. Unfortunately it dont look good. Hopefully the world catches on. Probiotics, the healthy bacteria is quintessentially it. Urban farming organics. Thank you guru for everything you do for humanity.

  20. If sadguru could have anyhow come to politics … He will be the PM of india … And my india will become prosperous in 5 years….

  21. Dear Sadhguru, can Karnataka also get branches of Isha Rejuvenation, Nursaries, Aggricultural + marketing training and uplifting centres especially middle Karnataka like Davangere and chitradurga districts as soon as possible…!?

  22. To convert Problems into possibilities Every citizens should stand for What necessary to be done ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  23. You forgot to mention the caterpillars who love cabbage. So in order to feed a hundred people with cabbage, you will produce thousands of butterfly's. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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