Andhra Pradesh: Daughters plough field as dad can’t afford to rent bulls, Sonu Sood offers tractor

farmer uses daughters for ploughing field
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Shikha Chaurasia

Mumbai/Chittoor, July 26, 2020: Adding to his innumerable deeds of kindness towards the poor and migrant families during the Coronavirus lockdown, actor Sonu Sood declared that he will be providing a pair of oxen to a tomato farmer in Andhra Pradesh for ploughing fields. However, today the actor said that he will provide a tractor instead of oxen.

As soon as he saw a video of a tomato farmer from Mandanapalle in Chittoor district using his two daughters to plough the fields because he suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and couldn’t afford to buy bulls, he retweeted the video and said that he will provide a pair of oxen to the farmer.

In the video, two girls can be seen ploughing the fields with the help of their father and their mother is walking behind them sowing seeds. Yesterday Sonu Sood tweeted, “Tomorrow morning he will have a pair of ox to plough the fields. Let the girls focus on their education.” He also said that farmers are the pride of our country and we should help in protecting them.

However, today Sood 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”

Many of his supporters hailed him for helping the farmer. One person tweeted, “You started with making people reach their respective homes and today you are into so many thing from ghar ki chatt thik karne se, farmer ko ox dene tak…Initially it was just reading, now we have connected with u emotionally and pray to God for your long life.”

However many people are alleging that the video seems staged because the daughters seem to be very happy doing the assigned work, and are requesting Sood to verify the reality before lending a helping hand. One of his supporters tweeted, “Just do not trust anyone and videos and help them. Request you to ensure whether people are in need or it’s fake. Invest your money for real needy people. Thank you for everything sir.”

Here is the real story

According to a news report published by The New Indian Express newspaper, Veerathallu Nageswara Rao (50) of Maharajupalle village in KV Palli mandal of Chittoor district, migrated to Madanapalle 17 years ago and ran a tea shop there. However, due to the lockdown he couldn’t run the shop and returned to his village in April.

He wanted to cultivate his two acres land but he couldn’t rent bulls or a tractor. He had given up the idea of farming after tractor owners asked for Rs 1,500 per hour, and oxen owners demanded Rs 2,000 per day to plough the field.

His daughters stepped in and ploughed the land, while his wife sowed seeds. In one day, they did this on 0.75 acres land. His daughters, V Vennela (17) and Chandana (15) have completed Intermediate and SSC respectively.