Pipal Tree Foundation (PTF) is a registered section 25 (now section 8) nonprofit organization. PTF has valid u/s 12A (a) certification, FCRA Certification and Section 80(G) of Income Tax Act, 1961. PTF works at a national level currently benefiting more than 30,000 underprivileged youth and women through its 18 training centers across 8 States and other projects, through initiatives in vocational education, sustainable livelihood and women empowerment.
Large number of farmers suicides are happening in India for last few years. The most important reason for the same is low income from agriculture. The agriculture income has increased only from Rs 27,000 pa in 2002-03 to Rs 38,000 pa in 2012-13 and expected to be around Rs. 50,000 in 2022-23. The problem becomes more severe as India's Rural population is more than double that of Urban population. Also 1 out of every 3 Households in India are dependent only on Agriculture Income.
This lower agriculture income is causing serious distress in Rural India. It is also widening gaps between haves and have-nots causing clashes between rural and urban population over land, water and other issues. Also most of the tax-payers money is being spent in subsidising farmers by way of loan waiver, MGNAREGA scheme and other subsidies.
One Solution is to help improve agriculture income. However as we cannot control income earned from the land holding then the other solution is to supplement it by other income.
For years farmer households also earn income from farming animals, businesses in the non-farm sector and/or working as wage earners within or outside agriculture. The need of the day is to increase farmers participation in the Agri-allied activities and also to help family members earn salary income by providing them jobs in non-farm sector. If one develops Self Sustainable Models which do not rely only on the donations or grants then it would reduce severity of this problem significantly in future.