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    Small is beautiful and let us be ultra local in certain ways

    Decades ago, I would be in the midst of all my cousins for a compulsory stay in our ancestral village house in a lovely village in the Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu. There was a social distancing of some magnitude even then. For example, for some strange reason, those who worked in farms would salute us from a distance of over ten foot and even if we asked them to come close, they would reluctantly do so; they would be allowed to come into our houses. Our house was something like ten thousand square feet and had a big garden. We had too many coconut trees and a large number of mango trees as well. We also had vegetables grown in the garden and the workmen would be fed every day by our grandmother, for which at least ten women ( all our relatives) who would go on cooking for the extra fifteen people.

    Everything was available locally and consumed locally. Those without a garden would be supplied with the vegetables at a minimum cost. Contrast this to our present times. Today, in many rural pockets, vegetables and fruits continue to be supplied and these are grown in the local villages, not exceeding a seven-kilometer radius. There is no fear of the big Koyembedu wholesale market that has now lead to thousands of infections. Here, we are totally our of fear of the virus since we do not have anyone going out. Let us be ultra-local wherever possible, in buying only from such villages.

    So, avoid the red spots and the danger zones. Buy from safer places, particularly if you are close to some villages. In AP, for instance, I would see hundreds of traders selling fresh vegetables and fruits almost everywhere and inquiries would reveal that they come from villages. In particular, the area near the Renigunta railway station would be the busiest area. Do not know how it looks like now.
  • #697185
    We the urban people are not having the options of buying the produce from where it originates or made. But the for the rural people they can go for purchasing, rice, pulses, oil, and vegetables made and produced in the farms of the village and that would be more pure and without adulterated quality. I can imagine as to why the villagers are so strong and live for many years without the regular diseases, because they inhale the pure oxygen, eat pure things and drink the milk and have the curd so strong and thick. All these options not available to us and therefore we are living very inferior to them and sulking with diseases.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #697186
    Local market products purchasing should be the order of the day. We don't want to get into the crowds and get exposed to the dangerous virus. Now in Andhra Pradesh, many Corona Virus cases are having a connection to Koyembedu wholesale market. Avoid going into the groups is the best way one should adopt now. In Hyderabad also people are bringing vegetables and fruits to the streets. It is better to purchase from them and sanitise them as required and use. This is the best way.
    Encouraging local products will give a boost to our economy also. Our money will not go to foreign companies and will definitely stay in India only. That will help in building up and encouraging Indian products.

    always confident

  • #697200
    Mahatma Gandhi was a staunch supporter of small and village and cottage industry. He wanted village indutries and business to devlop which will give economic independebce to our people. He promoted Handloom. He promoted Khadi. As said in the thread, till a few years ago we were getting most things direct from farmers and producers from nearby villages. There were frequent village Fairs attached to the festivals and local temple festivals and special days. Lot of trade used to happen there. People also were waiting for such events to purchase various things, As the temple festivals used to be celebrated for seven or ten days or even a fortnight these fairs and pavilions used to start some days before and end after a few days after the festival end.

    For other day to day purchase, there were one or two local traders, local tailor, smith etc etc. Combination of a village and a nearby small town used to be self-sufficient units those days. Money used to be generated and spent in that circle itself. Though economic disparities were ther no one bothered much about ti and took it innatural way.

    Though it is not posible to go back to those time, the government understood the significance of small scale industries and service as backbone to strong economy.
    Now this is known as MSME sector and is encouraged by Government in all ways.
    Yes small is not just beautiful, but signiicant too.

  • #697224
    We are now entering a one to one selling of certain commodities. A farmer is straight going to its customers in the nearby town and selling them fresh vegetables at a reasonable price. There is no collection of vegetable at a centralised place and there is no threat of it handled by so many agencies till it reaches the customer. In present situation it seems alright but it is possible only in those places where the villages are near the towns. Other places we are getting vegetables after passing through many hands and that is always a risky proportion. So, it is definitely a good idea to remain near the basic supply in a small and congenial atmosphere. It makes sense to do so to avoid unnecessary risk of infection. Even to depend on local variety of fruits would be a good choice. The time for exotic brands is not there now. We have to be fundamentally oriented to local economy and its progress as it is the only thing today that is surviving us..
    Knowledge is power.

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