Agriculture And The Tribals

Kanakaraj and Selvam work as labourers at a nearby tea estate and they also farm in their land. Kanakaraj, “We grow beans, carrots and millets. We grow mostly for ourselves and if there is excess we sell it. There is no need to apply chemical fertilisers why would we want to spoil our soil, that which gives us food. We have to protect our soil.” And Selvam who’s working on his millet farm, “Please don’t come on this land wearing your shoes, remove it please.” “Why?” “We first have to give our harvest to the God and then we eat it or sell. This farmland is very sacred so you can’t wear footwear and come in.”