National Farmers Day or Kisan Diwas 2023 is observed to celebrate the role of farmers in the development of the country. Farmers are the backbone of any country.
Farmer’s Day in India is celebrated by organizing various programs such as debates, exhibitions, workshops, and competitions. It is mostly celebrated in agriculture-dominated states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, etc.
Farmers are the spine of a country, who work very hard to fulfill the needs of people for food and save a country from starvation due to hunger. They put everything into their work. But they have to struggle for 2 square meals a day sometimes.
National Farmers Day History
Farmers’ Day 2023 or Kisan Diwas is observed on 23 December throughout India. It is celebrated to thank the farmers of the country for their important contribution to people’s livelihood and the Country’s economy.
The day was chosen to honor the birth anniversary of Chaudhary Charan Singh, Who was the 5th Prime Minister of independent India.
The government decided to recognize his contribution to the Indian Agriculture sector. It was first celebrated in the year 2001. Chaudhary Charan Singh was born on December 23, 1902, in Meerut, India.
Contribution of Chaudhary Charan Singh in Indian Agriculture
Chaudhary Charan Singh was the farmers’ leader and was aware of how important the role farmers play in the nation-building of any country. Although he served for a very short period, he introduced several welfare schemes for farmers, as he was aware of the difficulties farmers faced while farming.
He served from July 28, 1979, to January 14, 1980, as the 5th Prime Minister of Independent India. In 1956 when he was Union Agriculture minister he tried to abolish the Zamindari system and it was just because of his hard work, the Zamindari Abolition Bill-1952 was passed.
On 23 December 1978, a nonpolitical, non-profit-making body named Kishan Trust, the main aim of the formation of this trust was to address the issues of farmers, and what challenges they have to face while farming.
After his death the then govt. Made a memorial in his memory which was named Kisan Ghat. Various Universities and Airports were named after him. Lucknow’s International Airport was also named after him.
National Farmers Day 2023 Significance
India is the land of villages and the majority of its population lives in farming and agriculture. As former PM Chaudhari Charan Singh said the true India recites in its villages.
Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for more than 58% of India’s population. The population of farmers in India is more than 100 million, who work hard for the nation and provide food to its people.
Despite the large population of over 135 crores, people remain indifferent about the necessary information about this sector. Many people are aware of the issues and challenges farmers have to face.
As citizens of this country, we should recognize the role of our farmers in the upliftment of our country and in fulfilling the needs of the people.