List of Farmer Suicides in Telanagana since 2nd June, 2014

Farmer Suicides in Telangana State since 2nd June, 2014 #AgrarianCrisis

S.No. Name Date Age Sex Village Mandal District
1 PUNDARIKA 11.07.14 42 M Vittol Muthol Adilabad
2 Kodapakoudu 14.07.14 40 M Roadmadiguda Jainath Adilabad
3 Pawar Khinji 28.06.14 65 M Suryamnagar BodhMandam Adilabad
4 Balli Pirajee 09.06.14 40 M Andukurouku Kunthala Adilabad
5 Jadav Indal 04.06.14 32 M Suryamtanda Kunthala Adilabad
6 Jadav Lalithabai 04.06.14 27 F Suryamtanda Kunthala Adilabad
7 Maina Mahesh 28.06.14 20 M Mangurla Jainath Adilabad
8 Purka Mothiram 28.06.14 45 M Mulkaguda Indravelli Adilabad
9 Batti Sayanna 06.07.14 52 M Jaam Sarangapur Adilabad
10 Desetti Anandababu 06.07.14 42 M Pendpelli Bainsa Adilabad
11 Akkala Lachchanna 10.07.14 35 M Velaguluru Dandepally Adilabad
12 Marishetti Vittal 12.07.14 60 M Koora Bela Adilabad
13 Satam.Gangadhar 20/7/14 35 M RACHAPUR LAXMANA CHANDA Adilabad
14 RATHOD MITTULAL 24-07-2014 40 M D.N.THANDA ECHODA Adilabad
15 Dasari Ravindra 11.07.14 40 M Marripallygudem Kamalapur Karimnagar
16 Veerangaplly chandraiah 23.06.14 45 M Kothapally Gambheraopeta Karimnagar
17 Damyam Gangaram 28.06.14 60 M Ambaaripeta Kadalapur Karimnagar
18 Padige Devaiah 12.06.14 58 M Chinna Bohela Sirisilla Karimnagar
19 Ganta.samaayaa 18/7/14 30 M KATARAM KATARAM Karimnagar
20 JaleChinnalalaiah 06.06.14 45 M Koyagudem Tekulapally Khammam
21 Iplathadagna 09.06.14 52 M Thummapallytanda Vanguru Mahboobnagar
22 J. Lakshmaiah 06.06.14 45 M Rallcheruvuthanda Thimmajipeta Mahboobnagar
23 vemula.krishnayya 19/7/14 40 M SRIPURAM NAGAR KURNOOL Mahboobnagar
24 MUDAVATH.MANGYA 16/6/14 60 M ipalapalli thanda Bijinepalli Mahboobnagar
25 PITLA EESWARAIAH 16/6/14 46 M THADURU THADURU Mahboobnagar
26 KRISHNA 18/6/14 28 M GATLA GANAPUR PEDDA MANDADI Mahboobnagar
27 GODA RAMA SWAMY 19/6/14 46 M JEELUGUPALLI LINGALA Mahboobnagar
28 SHEKARAIAH 19/6/14 40 M EERLAPALLI JADCHARLA Mahboobnagar
29 KULLE THIMMAPPA 21/7/14 40 M MALLAPURAM GATTU Mahboobnagar
30 CH.THIRUPATHAIAH 20/7/14 46 M C.THIRUMALPUR THADURU Mahboobnagar
31 A.ALIVELU 07-06-2014 44 F Prasant nagar Amrabad Mahboobnagar
32 Karre Beeraiah 07.06.14 30 M Thummakapally Doulathabad Medak
33 Doddi Pushpa 05.07.14 30 F Chetla Narsampalli Doulathabad Medak
34 Mallesam 07.07.14 40 M Marepally Kondapur Medak
35 Eshwar 01.06.14 35 M Potupally Jaheerabad Medak
36 Peerla Yadagiri 15.06.14 45 M Mutrajupally Gajwel Medak
37 Mangali Yesu 16.06.14 30 M Nagapur Medak Medak
38 Papamella Satyanarayana 16.06.14 38 M Shalipeta Chinnasenkarampeta Medak
39 Gaddam Vamseedhar Reddy 14.06.14 26 M Chandupur Chinnakodur Medak
40 Boyina Mallesam 26.06.14 45 M Thavellaru Andol Medak
41 Gadige Vittalgoud 22.06.14 55 M Bageeradha pally ChinnasankaramPeta Medak
42 Narige Parasuramulu 24.06.14 42 M Magdampuru Singanooru Medak
43 Veeranga Yellaiah 24.06.14 55 M Kodakantla Gajwel Medak
44 R. Ashok Reddy 02.06.14 42 M EllaReddy Peta Thogutta Medak
45 Tankari Sidiramulu 03.06.14 45 M Konapur Medak Medak
46 B. Rajaiah 09.06.14 38 M Gatlamalyala Nanguluru Medak
47 KasulaBhaskerreddy 19.06.14 45 M Thimmakkapally Doulathabad Medak
48 Dasarath 26.06.14 38 M Cherlagudem Sangareddy Medak
49 Korishala Ravi 04.07.14 45 M Kodakandla Gajwel Medak
50 Kummari Suresh 08.07.14 32 M Kucharam Thupran Medak
51 Karva.Beeraiah 22/7/14 70 M Navab peta Medak Medak
52 Saidulu 07.06.14 40 M Gurram Padu Gurrampadu Nallagonda
53 Boppanapally Rajaiah 09.06.14 45 M Velmaneni gudem Gurrampadu Nallagonda
54 Kalukuri Kishtaiah 07.07.14 36 M Velvarthy Waligonda Nallagonda
55 Nalla Sreeramulu 04.07.14 37 M Gundala Gundala Nallagonda
56 Gangaraboyina Paramesh 04.07.14 28 M Chelmeda Munugodu Nallagonda
57 ItheganiVenkanna 04.07.14 50 M Kamepally Vemulapally Nallagonda
58 Ch. Kumaraswamy 06.07.14 46 M Yellmurigudem Gurrampadu Nallagonda
59 Pasuluri Yadaiah 13.06.14 50 M Mutyalaplli Bonagiri Nallagonda
60 Kattula Venkataiah 15.06.14 48 M Pallepahad Narketpally Nallagonda
61 Vanguri Kishtaiah 10.07.14 27 M Chennampally Nakirekal Nallagonda
62 Jangeti Sreenu 02.07.14 32 M Naturallapally Chintapally Nallagonda
63 Pabba Yadaiah 21.06.14 42 M Shobandripuram Ramannapeta Nallagonda
64 Goranti Lalaiah 13.06.14 35 M Takkalapally Chintapally Nallagonda
65 Madagoni.Yadaiah 20/7/14 35 M G.yadavalli Kanagal Nallagonda
66 Rottela.lakshmayya 15/7/14 30 M Thipparthi Thipparthi Nallagonda
67 Jithendar 15/7/14 35 M Katepally Atmakur(M) Nallagonda
68 RACHAKONDA SHANKAR 26-07-2014 25 M chervu annaram kattangur Nallagonda
69 CHETKURI.VENKATESAM 26-07-2014 46 M KALVAPALLI RAJAPETA Nallagonda
70 KESANI.ADI REDDY 26-07-2014 45 M gopavari gudem NIDAMANURU Nallagonda
71 Satyanarayana 09.06.14 40 M Thimmapur Birkuru Nizamabad
72 MANNE NARAYANA 26-07-2014 52 M BASVAPUR BIKKANUR Nizamabad
73 Madduri Chandramouli 07.06.14 63 M SirigiriPeta Thanduru RangaReddy
74 PILLIGUNDLA MANAYYA 26-07-2014 45 M RAVULAPALLI MARPALLI RangaReddy
75 Dundu Jampaiah 07.06.14 55 M Nallabelli Nallabelli Warangal
76 Yetham Ilaiah 07.06.14 30 M Kondapur Station Ghanapur Warangal
77 Kondapally Prashanthkumar 14.06.14 35 M Nainala Nellikuduru Warangal
78 Madikanti Santhosh 16.06.14 32 M Pochempally Regonda Warangal
79 Punem Satyanarayana 19.06.14 47 M Gogupally EturuNagaram Warangal
80 Polla Sreenivas 26.06.14 30 M Kadagerdugu Cheryala Warangal
81 Gardula Venkanna 26.06.14 45 M Anapuram Marripeda Warangal
82 Gudise Yellaiah 21.06.14 28 M Marmamula Maddur Warangal
83 Thummala Sampathrao 22.06.14 45 M Gadipally Regonda Warangal
84 Samala Ramaswamy 26.06.14 60 M Jawahar Nagar Venkatapur Warangal
85 Thinnala Kumar 26.06.14 42 M Bandanthapuram Vardannapeta Warangal
86 Korivi Yadagiri 27.06.14 60 M Konne Bachannapeta Warangal
87 SamudralaVenkataiah 29.06.14 55 M Chilpur Station Ghanpur Warangal
88 Peraboyina Sampath 03.07.14 32 M Seetharamapuram Parakala Warangal
89 Muntha Mallikarjun 03.07.14 34 M Shayampeta Geesukonda Warangal
90 LachchaMogilli 11.07.14 46 M Neerukulla Atmakuru Warangal
91 Sadanandam 12.07.14 30 M Machapuram Geesukonda Warangal
92 MuddarabohinJaya 14.06.14 50 F Bodduchinthalapally Geesukonda Warangal
93 BojamKomaraiah 14.06.14 60 M Vellampally Parakala Warangal
94 Kokkoda Rajaiah 14.07.14 38 M Gurjakunta Cheryala Warangal
95 Eeragani.samatha 22/7/14 28 M Dhuth pally Chityala Warangal
96 LAKSHMI NARAYANA 26-07-2014 56 M ARVAPALLI WARANGAL WARANGAL
97 KONAPAKA SRIHARI 13-07-2014 51 M VARIKOLE Parakala Warangal
98 RASAMALLA ANJAIAH 21-07-2014 42 M VARIKOLE Parakala Warangal
99 DANDU.MALLAIAH 25-07-2014 41 M RAGHAVAPUR Chityala Warangal
100 N.BIKSHAPATHI 20-07-2014 45 M VANGAPADU HASANPARTHY Warangal
101 B.RAYUDU 26-07-2014 32 M CHERYALA Cheryala Warangal

GM crops in India at various stages of regulatory field evaluations as of 2012

                                (8 traits; 17 crops; 32 institutions)

Traits

 

Crops, Year(s) of approval and Product developers*

(*see the names of the product developers below by looking at the nos. in parenthesis)

Insect resistance

 

Brinjal/Eggplant – 2006, 2007 to 2010 (4,9,14,21,23,28,30);

Cabbage – 2006, 2009  (12,14); Castor – 2006, 2011 (19);

Cauliflower – 2006, 2008 (12,14) ; Chickpea – 2009 (25);

Corn /Maize – 2006, 2010 (10,15); Cotton – 2008 to 2012 (3,5,7,8,11,16);

Okra – 2006,2007(9); Rice- 2006, 2007 to 2011 (3,6,9,11,21,28);

Sorghum – 2009,2011 (20); Sugarcane – 2010 (27);

Tomato – 2006,2010 (9,23)

Virus resistance

 

Groundnut – 2006, 2009-2010 (24); Papaya – 2010 (22);

Potato – 2006, 2009 (17); Tomato – 2006,2010 (21,22);

Watermelon – 2010 (22)

Herbicide tolerance Corn/Maize – 2012 (10); Cotton – 2010, 2012 (3, 9)
Herbicide tole. &

Insect resis. stacked

Corn/Maize – 2008 to 2011 (10,13,15) ;

Cotton – 2008-2009, 2011-2012 (3,9,10,13,15) ; Rice – 2010 (3)

Drought tolerance Chickpea – 2009 (24); Groundnut – 2009 to 2012 (24);

Mustard – 2010 (25); Rice – 2011 (32); Sorghum – 2010 (18)

Yield enhancement Rice – 2011 (2)
Delayed ripening Tomato – 2006,2008,2010 (1,21,25)
Male sterile, female inbred lines Mustard – 2010-2011 (31) ; Rice – 2010-2011 (6)
Compiled by: Manjunath,T.M. (2012); Data source: http://igmoris.nic.in/field_trials.asp(refer to this website for details on genes/events).


Product developers:
Private companies: 
1. Avesthagen Ltd., 2. BASF India Ltd., 3. Bayer Bioscience Pvt Ltd., 4. Bejo Sheetal Seeds, 5. Dow Agrosciences India Pvt Ltd., 6. E. I. Dupont India Pvt. Ltd., 7. J. K. Agri Genetics, 8. Krishidhan Seeds, 9. Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Co. Ltd. (MAHYCO), 10. Monsanto India Ltd., 11. Metahelix Life Sciences Pvt Ltd., 12. Nunhems India Pvt Ltd., 13. Pioneer Overseas Corporation, 14. Sungro Seeds Pvt Ltd., 15. Syngenta Biosciences Pvt Ltd.,
Public Institutions: 
16. Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur; 17. Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla; 18. Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad; 19. Directorate of Oil Seeds Research, Hyderabad;  20. Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad; 21. Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi;  22. Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru; 23. Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi;  24. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad; 25. National Research Center for Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi; 26. Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam; 27. Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore/Lucknow; 28. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore; 29. University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore; 30. University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad; 31. University of Delhi – South Campus, New Delhi; 32. University of Calcutta, Kolkata, 

Products in pipeline:

Of the 17 crops listed in the table, only brinjal or eggplant (Solanum melongena) incorporated with the lepidopteron specific Btgene, cry1Ac, for controlling the Fruit-and-Shoot Borer, Leucinodus orbonalis,  has undergone all the biosafety and agronomic tests between 2000 and 2008 as originally prescribed by the regulatory committees. The Bt gene was introduced into brinjal hybrids by Mahyco and into local varieties by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and University of Agricultural Sciences (Dharwad) and these were recommended by GEAC as safe and beneficial for commercial approval in 2009.  However, the then Minister of Environment & Forests, after the controversial public consultations and apparently under tremendous pressure from certain activist groups, announced a moratorium in February 2010, saying it has to undergo some more safety tests without specifying them. As of now, the moratorium is still in force. Thus, Bt-brinjal is foremost among the crops awaiting final approval. While Bt-rice and Bt-okra, both developed by Mahyco, have undergone Multi-Location Research Trials (MLRT), all other crops with various traits are in the first or second year of Biosafety Research Level-1(BRL-1). The biosafety data of approved genes/events as well as of new genes/events under regulatory evaluation are available at: http://igmoris.nic.in/major_developments.aspThese are the products in pipeline, but considering the prevailing regulatory uncertainty in the country, it is difficult to forecast when these will be approved.

Dr. T. M. Manjunath
Consultant in Agri-biotechnology & Integrated Pest Management
“SUMA”, #174, G – Block, 9th Cross,
Sahakaranagar
Bengaluru 560092,
India

Email: Manjunathtm (at) gmail.com

FAO statistical yearbook 2012: world food and agriculture


This publication presents a visual synthesis of the major trends and factors shaping the global food and agricultural landscape and their interplay with broader environmental, social and economic dimensions. In doing so, it strives to serve as a unique reference point on the state of world food and agriculture for policy-makers, donor agencies, researchers and analysts as well as the general public.The book is subdivided into four thematic parts, where an attempt is made to exhaustively present the spectrum of issues relevant to the subject matter: 
  • Part 1 – The setting measures the state of the agricultural resource base, by assessing the supply of land, labour, capital, inputs and the adequacy of infrastructure, and also examines the pressure on the world food system stemming from demographic and macroeconomic change;
  • Part 2 – Hunger dimensions gauges the state of food insecurity and malnutrition, measuring the multitude of dimensions that give rise to hunger and those that shape undernourishment;
  • Part 3 – Feeding the world evaluates the past and present productive capacity of world agriculture together with the role of trade in meeting changing food, feed and other demands;
  • Part 4 – Sustainability dimensions examines the sustainability of agriculture in the context of the pressure it exerts on the environment, including the interaction of agriculture with climate change, and how it can provide ecosystem services in relation to the bio-based economy.
Publication Date: 01/03/2012
Source: FAO

Farmers Suicides data from 1995-2010 state wise gender deseggregated

Farmers’ Suicides State wise, Year wise(1995-2010)

The state wise farmers suicide rate per 1000 population

Chhattisgarh  5.61
Karnataka     3.57
Maharashtra  3.35
Kerala           3.34
Andhra          2.58
WB              1.17
TN                1.3
If you calculate based on suicide victim farmers families/1000 farmer families the numbers would be much higher

Farmers Suicides in AP 2001-2010, NCRB

Total farmer suicides in the last ten years
Female Male
Time Period upto 14 years 15-29 years 30-44 years 45-59 years 60 years & above Female Total Male upto 14 years 15-29 years 30-44 years 45-59 years 60 years & above Male Total Total Male Female
2001 12 65 46 45 10 178 16 382 480 374 79 1,331 1,509
2002 2 85 119 53 8 267 2 448 609 443 127 1,629 1,896
2003 6 81 163 96 12 358 7 325 585 376 149 1,442 1,800
2004 14 154 150 84 46 448 2 455 857 687 217 2,218 2,666
2005 22 127 174 85 65 473 6 481 729 578 223 2,017 2,490
2006 14 241 210 115 27 607 15 505 777 489 214 2,000 2,607
2007 20 113 90 53 13 289 5 325 620 421 137 1,508 1,797
2008 6 142 91 84 35 358 2 436 628 505 176 1,747 2,105
2009 5 132 141 100 20 398 5 392 885 562 172 2,016 2,414
2010 12 165 137 40 41 395 4 563 824 573 166 2,130 2,525
113 1305 1321 755 277 3771 64 4312 6994 5008 1660 18038 21809
Source: NCRB, 2001-2010.

Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University spends only 10% of funds for Research

Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University, once a premium agriculture university in the country is now suffering from paucity of funds.   The university which has over rs. 50 cr budget spends Rs. 45 cr for salaries of the scientists and about Rs. 5 cr. for research.  Even in the research budget much of the budget goes for hi-tech research which never reaches the field.  There is an urgent need to make an assessment of the funding and outputs.

Based on news paper reports

Insecticide usage on cotton in India 1999-2010 (Rs crores)

 
Year
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
% Bt Cotton
0.38
1.2
5.59
11.51
41.42
67.1
80.8
82.43
90.67
cotton, Insecticide
879
839
1052
597
925
1032
649
579
733
791
834
880
Cotton fungicide
11
10
6
3
8
6
8
11
25
31
52
67
Cotton herbicide
2
1
1
1
3
4
8
12
22
26
45
87
Total Insecticides in Agrl.
2128
2052
2268
1683
2146
2455
2086
2223
2880
3282
3909
4283
% share of cotton
41
41
46
35
43
42
31
26
25
25
21
21
Total Pesticides in Agrl.
3004
2972
3207
2622
3147
3581
2439
3396
4697
5293
6999
7684

NCRB all-India figure 1995-2010: 2,56,913 farm suicides

NCRB all-India figure 1995-2010: 2,56,913 farm suicides;

2010: 15,964 farmers’ suicides

First 8 years 1995-2002: 1,21, 157.

Second 8 years 2003-10: 1,35,756

Pawar, Agriculture Minister’s home state Maharashtra by far the worst in the country with 50,481 farm suicides between 1995-2010.  That is, 1995-2002: 20,066 and for 2003-10: 30,415

 

Main points for us to push and use:

  • ·         last 8 years was much worse at an annual average of 1832 higher than first 8 years.
  • ·         It is disgraceful and decidedly odd that Pawar who fancies himself as an effective agri Minister and farmer  never once referred to, quoted or discussed the recommendations of the National Farmers Commission (headed by DR. M.S. Swaminathan who is a member of the RS (Rajya Sabha – upper house).  This was a government-appointed committee,  and a very wide spectrum of opinion participated in its deliberations. It is now several years since the reports were submitted  –

Neither the Government nor Pawar has taken note of this report. The Q that must be asked is “what gives” and WHY?

  • ·         Until November 30, 2007, the GoI and the Agriculture Minister  RIGHTL  used  NCRB data on farm suicides in their replies in Parliament.

However, the government and the minister abandoned using data from the NCRB which is in fact a division of the Union Home Ministry and the only authentic source of suicide figures nationally whether it be for farmers, students or anyone else.

  • ·         As the figures grew worse, the government started suppressing NCRB data and instead using arbitrary figures from bureaucrats. Interestingly to this day, GoI uses NCRB data for the other categories, but not for farmers.
  • ·          Using arbitrary state figures and estimates has led to GoI giving  two very different estimates to the Rajya S in the same week ! : see How to be an eligible suicide: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article428367.ece ) The Hindu, May 13, 2010. Unlike the states, NCRB has no vested interest in covering up the numbers.
  • ·         “Why are the state government figures so much lower? Because they set up IMPOSSIBLE criteria to prove that a suicide is a farmer’s suicide and just be considered for compensation. For instance: In Andhra Pradesh, a family would have to get no less than 13 pieces of documentation approved at various level in order to establish this! These include five from the local police station, including a post-mortem report the family ends up paying for. And how the heck do they produce documents n private loans when those are on word-of-honour basis?  Then there are pattas, bank papers, you name it.  Maharashtra made it even more impossible, setting up committees that soon earned themselves the name ‘rejection committees’  which divided the deaths into ‘genuine suicides’ and ‘non-genuine suicides’. Note that in either case, the victim was just as dead. The dispute was over whether his or her death constituted a ‘genuine’ farm suicide driven by distress. In some months, not a single one in some districts would be accepted as a ‘genuine’ farm suicide” (Sainath).