Punjabi farmers find pastures new (and cheap) in Georgia

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    High land prices are forcing Indians to till the more welcoming soils of the Caucasus



    The sun dips, the cattle low as they are driven back to the farms and a telephone rings with a Bollywood soundtrack tone. Tujinder Singh is calling the sarpanch – the elected head – of Manochahal, his native village 30 miles from India's western border.

    The conversation – about crops, prices, weather and mendacious middlemen – is like a million or so similar early-evening calls placed by farmers across south Asia. Except that the land that Singh is now tilling is in Georgia, the small mountain nation in the Caucasus.

    Singh, 38, is one of a new wave of farmers pioneering one of the world's more unlikely migrations. During a recent spell as a cook in Düsseldorf, Germany, he heard about thousands of acres of fertile land on former collective farms lying fallow in Georgia for want of manpower.

    The contrast with his native Punjab, with its surging population and high land prices, was striking. So two months ago, he and three friends flew from Amritsar to Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, to seal a deal for the lease of 50 hectares. Back for a short break and some tandoori chicken, Singh said he was very happy with the move, even if he remains slightly vague about the geography of his new home.

    "We are paying $950 [£580] for each hectare for a 99-year lease. You'd not get much for that in the Punjab. I'm not sure if the farm is in the north or south but it is sort of over by Turkey and Armenia," he said.

    Singh and his associates are far from alone. A growing number of Punjabi farmers are heading for Georgia. Agents in major towns such as Jalandhar are advertising Georgian land deals and business is brisk.

    "It started a while back, just a dozen or so. Maybe now it is hundreds. Once words spreads there will be many. They come to me for passports. They are looking for pastures new," said JS Sodhi, the bureaucrat who issues travel documents in Amritsar, the nearest major city to Manochahal.

    The farmers of the Punjab, known as the grain basket of India, have long searched overseas for new land. An earlier wave of migrants went to Canada, where urbanisation meant thousands of farms were empty. More recently, Punjabi farmers have been buying or renting thousands of hectares in Ukraine, Uzbekistan and across eastern and central Africa.

    "Punjabi people are always going to different countries. They are very adventurous and enterprising," said Sodhi.

    The money the farmers make overseas is often sent back to buy land at home, contributing to the rise in prices that forced them to leave in the first place. Georgian officials in India say the new arrivals may be disappointed.

    "We are not encouraging them. They are going on their own. There are some private people in Georgia selling land. We have no programme for this," said one last week.

    It is illegal for a foreigner to directly own land in the country and, though it is relatively cheap, it is less abundant than often reported, a second official pointed out. A recent project to attract farmers from overseas, particularly white South Africans, was a failure.

    But attempts to dampen enthusiasm seem unlikely to have much immediate effect. "There's a huge hunger for land and it's said to be very good land over there, fertile and well irrigated," said Gokul Patnaik, a Delhi-based specialist on global agriculture. "It's mechanised farming but the Punjab is the one area of India where tractors are widely used so that won't be too much of a problem."

    Nor is the cultural gulf separating the Caucasus and western India an obstacle. "I like the food and the people are very friendly," said Singh, though he admitted that not speaking Georgian in a country where few speak Punjabi was "a challenge".

    Some in the Punjab fear an exodus from the villages and the end of a centuries-old way of life. Dulwinder Singh, the village head of Manochahal, says he does not think large numbers of young farmers will follow his neighbour to Georgia, however.

    "Over there you work the land, you invest in it, you sweat over it, but it is yours just for 99 years. Then what?" he asked, as he sipped tea with four neighbours outside his farmhouse. "My land here was worked by my father, my father's father, his father and as far back as anyone can remember. What can replace that?"

    Punjabi farmers find pastures new (and cheap) in Georgia | World news | guardian.co.uk
     
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    Well and good, but I hope Georgia won't get into another war with Russia.
     
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    A couple of years back , British Columbia was officially calling in farmers from Punjab. Now it is the Georgians.

    World look out Indian Punjabi's are coming, not the fake ones from Paki land.
     
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    Georgian farmers work in Uk. Indian farmers work in georgia.
     
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    Indian farmers sow discontent in Georgia

    Indian farmers sew discontent in Georgia
    Not all locals are happy with the thousands of Indians purchasing fertile land in Georgia.

    As authorities in Georgia have made it easier for foreigners to buy land in the country, thousands of Indian farmers have purchased fertile land in the country.

    With the nation's agricultural economy already in decline, the farmers, attracted by the availability of competitively priced land, are not always welcome by locals not used to immigrants.

    Al Jazeera's Emma Hayward reports from Kaheti, where more than 300 Indian companies have purchased land.

    [video]http://aje.me/Z57iib[/video]
     
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    Re: Indian farmers sow discontent in Georgia

    haha Cheers was just to upload it ...
     
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    hahaha ! my god :D i want to say georgians that its all for good u all gona taste some real Indian Food with Hot Chilli and Peppers Enjoy it guys.. Hope u Georgians will have huge BELLY too LOL CHEERS

     
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    Re: Indian farmers sow discontent in Georgia

    Already posted. Merging it.
     
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    Real punjabis are from ancient land of pakistan:lol::lol::lol:
     
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    these eastern europeons or Georgians are not so friendly as west Europeons. Riots may follow soon
     
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    Re: Indian farmers sow discontent in Georgia

    A far right fringe must already be active.
    Here is the new Georgian website inviting investments: INVESTINGEORGIA - profile
     
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    Pity ur Knowledge if u had one.. Pakistan is from Ancient Land of INDIA ....
     
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    No problem WE WILL CALL IN OUR RUSSIAN FRIENDS TO SORT IT OUT :india::russia:
     
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    Re: Indian farmers sow discontent in Georgia

    History of Russians is of HINDU ORGIN Now Check This Out !

    Ancient Vishnu idol found in Russian town

    Ancient Vishnu idol found in Russian town

    MOSCOW: An ancient Vishnu idol has been found during excavation in an old village in Russia's Volga region, raising questions about the prevalent view on the origin of ancient Russia.

    The idol found in Staraya (old) Maina village dates back to VII-X century AD. Staraya Maina village in Ulyanovsk region was a highly populated city 1700 years ago, much older than Kiev, so far believed to be the mother of all Russian cities.



    "We may consider it incredible, but we have ground to assert that Middle-Volga region was the original land of Ancient Rus. This is a hypothesis, but a hypothesis, which requires thorough research," Reader of Ulyanovsk State University's archaeology department Dr Alexander Kozhevin told state-run television Vesti .

    Dr Kozhevin, who has been conducting excavation in Staraya Maina for last seven years, said that every single square metre of the surroundings of the ancient town situated on the banks of Samara, a tributary of Volga, is studded with antiques.

    Prior to unearthing of the Vishnu idol, Dr Kozhevin has already found ancient coins, pendants, rings and fragments of weapons.

    He believes that today's Staraya Maina, a town of eight thousand, was ten times more populated in the ancient times. It is from here that people started moving to the Don and Dneiper rivers around the time ancient Russy built the city of Kiev, now the capital of Ukraine.

    An international conference is being organised later this year to study the legacy of the ancient village, which can radically change the history of ancient Russia.

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    Note:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.196469980444735.46397.182221931869540&type=3
     
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    u misses these Smileys in my post:)lol::lol::lol:)

    actually this is someone else knowledge i Qutoed:p
     
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    lol any way thst someone is a MORON ... :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    he is famous member from across the ancient part of border:lol::lol:
     
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    Ohhh Tats Why !! He still belive that he is from ARAB lol bless him
     
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    simple answer international trade
     
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    OH ...! Who will buy Hindu God Statues in RUSSIA ? :tsk: Its not that simple.The idol found in Staraya (old) Maina village dates back to VII-X century AD. Staraya Maina village in Ulyanovsk region was a highly populated city 1700 years ago, much older than Kiev, so far believed to be the mother of all Russian cities. Do understand wat it means its older than 1st russian civilization ... They found tjhese statues because we once ruled there..I ment Hindus which large hindu population I mean many generations of Hindus lived there...Its like same story of Afganistan ..Once was a Hindu kindom ... All ancient Cities are conected with Hinduism because we ruled all over the world...We wr the first civilization with high knowledge ...Years of experience as a Human Civilization 1st Sanga Kalam starts 3-1.2 lakhs years ago ... The land called Lumeria or KumariKandam ...Under India ...Its a land mass streched from Madagaskar to Australia...We are talking about a Super Continent which is now submerged in to indian Ocean ... This is the missing link NASA and the wesy searching for ...Yet they wont accept it..It will spoil their entir civilisation They all live under 1 single KNOT.. ie,Christianity Many in the west dont know that civilization formed before 3000 years ago.For them before that every one was like stone age ppl...But we Indian lived in a Mega cities before 20000 BC even before at Kumari Kandam ...

    SO ITS NOT SIMPLE AS U MENTIONED Thank You
     

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