Juhi Chawla has extended a helping hand to the landless farmers. The actor-environmentalist has invited them to her Wada farmhouse to grow rice amidst the lockdown. According to multiple reports, Chawla has opened the gates of her family farmland on the outskirts of Mumbai to help these farmers in need. Chawla has proposed to help they grow rice on that land, and she plans to provide with ration and shelter, as per reports.
At our Mandwa and Wada farms … reducing borewell usage , reviving the wells , planting more fruit trees , growing vegetables .. with my team .. all organic ..!!! loving it..😄😄 pic.twitter.com/HJxXZu8m8M
— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) March 13, 2019
- Among the celebrities who are helping the needy during the lockdown, Juhi Chawla is the latest to join the list.
- The actress has invited farmers into her Wada farmhouse and provided them with work and shelter.
- Since we’re in lockdown, I’ve decided to give our land to landless farmers to farm on. -Juhi Chawla
Chawla said that the farmers understand the soil so it will be much easier for them to kickstart farming soon. She also added that they and their families can keep a portion of the rice they grow there. “Since we’re in lockdown, I’ve decided to give our land to landless farmers to farm on. We’re letting them farm rice this season and in return take a small portion of the produce for themselves,” she said.
“This is a win-win situation for everyone, for our farmers and for us. We work smarter this way and not harder. This lockdown has put good sense into my head.”
No chemical in the farm
According to Chawla, her Wada farmhouse could also become a shelter to the farmers amid COVID-19 lockdown. “It’s not a new practice. It’s just going back to the past to the way farming was done decades ago, but then isn’t that the wiser way? Our farmers know the land, soil, wind and air far better than we city people ever will from our text book knowledge,” she added explaining why organic farming is better.
Though the farmers have greater knowledge she has urged her people to keep a close watch on the “quality of rice they sow and that they are to use only organic methods. No chemical must come onto the farm”.
Juhi and organic farming
Chawla owns two farms on the outskirts of Mumbai. She finds it soothing in the field. “Twenty years ago, when my father was close to retirement, he bought land in Wada, outside Mumbai, on the banks of the Vaitarna river. He would travel there often to develop his farm. I barely visited then, being busy with my films and shoots. But when he away ten years ago, it became my responsibility to look after the land,” she had told the Mirror.
“It is delightful to leave the city and enjoy the farm in all its glory,” she explained earlier.
“Jay (Husband Jay Mehta) recently decided that he would like to grow vegetables for his restaurant there. He has now got an organic horticulturist on board and we are learning how to grow fruits and veggies in a better way,” she had said.
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