On Sunday, video clips of a tomato farmer in Madanapalle in Chittoor district were doing rounds on social media. The farmer from this remote village in Andhra Pradesh has received a brand new tractor. Earlier, in a viral video, the farmer was seen to plough the land with his two daughters carrying the yoke on their shoulders. The teenagers, Vennela and Chandana, who are still pursuing education in the village, were helping their father due to the lack of bulls or a tractor. Their plight went viral on social media, ANI reported.

The farmer, Nageswara Rao urged for someone to help him and it was heard by Sonu Sood. He immediately responded with a promise to help him with a heartfelt message. He first thought of sending a pair of oxen to the farmer and his family but later changed his mind for something even better. “Terrible! Tomato farmer in Madanapalle, #Chittoor dt, forced to use his daughters for ploughing as he doesn’t have money to rent bulls. He suffered huge losses last time due to #coronavirus pandemic. With no cash in hand, he begins Kharif season on a sombre note. #AndhraPradesh,” read the caption on the video.

Sharing it, Sonu had written, “Tomorrow morning he will have a pair of ox. Let the girls focus on their education. Starting tomorrow, two oxen will plough his fields. Farmers are the pride of this nation.. Protect them.”

So now, the farmer has received a tractor as promised by the actor. By afternoon, Sonu changed his mind and tweeted. “This family doesn’t deserve a pair of ox They deserve a Tractor. So sending you one. By evening a tractor will be ploughing your fields Stay blessed.”

The elated farmer Rao got the tractor on Sunday night. The actor also made sure to call the farmer and had a chat with him about his well-being. “He also asked about my daughters and what they are studying,” Rao praised the actor’s gesture in calling him in this difficult time, The New Indian Express reported.

What You Should Know

  • Sonu Sood has delivered a tractor to a the Chittoor-based farmer late Sunday evening.
  • Farmer Nageswara Rao and his family’s situation moved the actor who offered help after seeing video clips of the daughters pulling the plough.

About the Daughters

Rao’s elder daughter completed her Intermediate education while the younger one just finished her Class 10. Rao’s tea stall in Madanapalle was affected because of the coronavirus pandemic and he went out of business. As a result, he returned to his native Mahalrajupalle village to take up farming again.

Vennela, the elder daughter said, “We were residing in Madanapalli for the last 15 years and had a tea stall there. After the lockdown was implemented, we closed our stall and stayed in our residence for a month. With little money left, we returned to our native village in Rajuvaripalle. But we did not have enough money to hire tractors to cultivate the land. So, we started helping our father,” as reported by news agency ANI.

Lalita, the mother of the girls, said, “As there are good rains this year, we started agriculture work. But we have no money to rent a tractor. The rent of the tractor is 1,500 per hour. So, we decided to do the work on our own. I, along with my husband and daughters, are together performing the tasks.”

Talking about the daughters of a farmer and their financial hardships, Sonu explained, “I saw visuals of the girls ploughing the field somewhere in the Chittoor district. I felt they needed to study in some college, this is not the right image we want to see in the country now. I sent the tractor, after speaking to the farmer at 10 pm,” Republic World reported.

Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu, who belongs to Chittoor district, took to his Twitter account to hail the actor’s gesture.

Feature Image Credit: The New Indian Express

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