Decline in Farming : These Scenes Will Vanish Soon
Pics from Jnaneshwar Moodbidri
Mangaluru: A few decades ago, rice fields could be seen in the city and surroundings. Pandeshwar, Bijai, Jeppu Bappal, Bajjodi, Derebail, Yekkur, Kannur, Padil, Farangipet, Kulur, Panambur, Suratkal and a plenty of other places offered a eye-pleasing scenario of lush green growth.
Factors like the onslaught of urbanization, migration of rural population, labour scarcity etc. during the past few decades have totally changed the picture. Fields are vanishing. Sites, layouts and commercial complexes have come up by the side of the highways passing through the district.
The present generation would never know that an activity like agriculture ever existed here. A reader from the city, who has settled in a distant place because of employment compulsions, was here recently.
With great attachment towards agriculture and way of life in the olden days, he wanted to show his little children how life was in the past. Sadly, there were no rice fields around. He had to drive all the way to Mijar and Moodbidri surroundings to show them how fields looked like.
Yet another reader of ours captured some rare views from the rural areas and sent them to us. These pictures, in future, would be seen on walls in homes and art galleries.
The thought is quite saddening.