National Farmers Day: Kisan Diwas

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 1, 2023, 17:26

Agriculture is a prominent part of India's economy, and farmers are the backbone that supports it. To celebrate the contributions of farmers to humankind, and the society as a whole, Farmers Day, also known as Kisan Diwas, is celebrated on the 23rd of December every year. This day has been chosen because it marks the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister of India, Chaudhary Charan Singh.

National Farmers Day Significance

Chaudhary Charan Singh was the fifth Prime Minister of independent India, and to mark his contributions towards the field of agriculture in India, his birth anniversary has been chosen to celebrate, honour and express gratitude to thousands of farmers all across India who toil day-in-day-out to serve us a platter full of healthy food every day on our dining tables. Some important facts about Kisan Diwas;

  • National Farmers Day is celebrated on 23rd December every year, on the birthday of Chaudhary Charan Singh.
  • Charan Singh had introduced various policies that helped India become self-reliant in agricultural production.
  • He was referred to as the Champion of Farmers as he had enacted laws to empower farmers to uplift the farmers during his brief tenure as the Prime minister of India from 1979-to 1980
  • Singh also introduced many welfare schemes to improve the lives of farmers during this short period when he served the country as the PM. He even wrote many books on farmers that highlighted their problems and helped in finding solutions to them.
  • Farmer's Day is actively celebrated, especially in the states primarily engaged in farming and agricultural activities like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana.
  • He followed the famous slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kisan, given to the farmers by Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second PM of India.

How is National Farmers Day celebrated?

Every year, by way of celebrating National Farmers Day, the government of India introduces many schemes and launches various programs for the betterment and upliftment of the farmers and to provide relief to them in their day-to-day issues so that the overall economy of the Indian agricultural sector can be improved.

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FAQs on National Farmers Day

Q1. When was 23rd December declared National Farmers Day in India?

Ans: In the year 2001, the government of India announced that henceforth 23rd December would be celebrated as National Farmers Day in India.

Q2. What was the Bill introduced by Chaudhary Charan Singh for the welfare of the farmers?

Ans: Chaudhary Charan Singh introduced the Debt Redemption Singh in 1939, which freed the farmers from the evil clutches of the scrupulous money lenders.

Q3. What is the theme of National Farmers Day?

Ans: The theme of National Farmers Day is to empower the farmers of the country because the nation would grow only if the farmers are empowered.

Q4. How was the last National Farmers Day celebrated in 2021?

Ans: National Farmers Day, last year in December 2021, was celebrated with great pomp and show against the backdrop of a major victory by the farmers when the government decided to uplift three contentious farm laws, for which the farmers had been protesting near the borders of Delhi for more than a year.