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Farmers’ suicide rates soar above the rest Suicide rates among Indian farmers were a chilling 47 per cent higher than they were for the rest of the population in 2011. In some of the States worst hit by the agrarian crisis, they were well over 100 per cent higher. The new Census 2011 data reveal a shrinking farmer population. And it is on this reduced base that the farm suicides now occur. Apply the new Census totals to the suicide data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) and the results are grim. Sample: A farmer in Andhra Pradesh is three times more likely to commit suicide than anyone else in the country, excluding farmers. And […]

Jayati Gosh Commission Report on Farmers suicides in AP 2004

2004 jayati gosh Full_Report_Commission_Farmer_AP Committee report submitted in 2004 by a committee appointed by YS Rajashekar Reddy to look into farmers suicides and recommend solutions.  However, important points of suggestions were never implemented

Indian farmers and suicide: How big is the problem?

By Wesley Stephenson, BBC News, January 23, 2013 The widow of an Indian farmer who killed himself Continue reading the main story In today’s Magazine What Johnny Cash did for prison reform Did this song change the world? 20 of your tales of vegetarian woe The universal language of lullabies India has been taking steps to address the high number of farmers in India who are killing themselves. The figures are shocking, but are they any higher than in India as a whole? Since the 1990s, farmer suicides in India have made headlines. The high number was first noticed in the state of Maharashtra and then the media began reporting it […]

New perspectives on farmer distress and farmer suicides

By ifmr New perspectives on farmer distress and farmer suicides download the report Farmers Suicide in IndiaYASHADA By Nachiket Mor2006  I recently had an opportunity to read an interesting book on farmer suicides in the Yavatmal district of Maharashtra by Secretary Health Meeta Rajiv Lochan1 (meeta29 [at] and Professor Rajiv Lochan2 (mrajivlochan [at] This book was first published in 2006 by the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration at Pune3. The book was written in the aftermath of the spate of farmer suicides that were widely reported from Yavatmal district of Maharashtra during the five year period from 2000 to 2004. The book cites data from the State Crime Records Bureau of Maharashtra (SCRB) which […]

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సాగు భారమై.. బతుకు ఆగమై.. నిట్ట నిలువునా కూలుతున్న రైతన్న చేల గట్లపై మరణ మృదంగం పెరుగుతున్న ఆత్మహత్యలు 16 ఏళ్లలో 31 వేల మంది బలవన్మరణం పెరిగిన పెట్టుబడులు, గిట్టుబాటుకాని ధరలే ప్రధాన కారణం అందని ప్రభుత్వ ప్రోత్సాహం, రుణం కౌలు రైతుల బతుకు మరీ కష్టం అధికారిక నివేదికల్లోనే వెల్లడి ఒక రైతుకు వరి శిక్ష! మరో రైతు నెత్తిన పత్తి కత్తి! ఇంకో రైతుకు నిలువెల్లా కూర గాయాలు! మరో రైతుకు భారంలా వేరుశనగ! ఘోరంగా ఉల్లి! చేదుగా చెరుకు! ఏ రైతును చూసినా… కష్టమే! సాగు నష్టమే! పొలాలనన్నీ హలాల దున్నే రైతులు తమ బలాన్ని మాత్రమే కాదు… ప్రాణాలనూ పొలానికే అర్పిస్తున్నారు. హైదరాబాద్, నవంబర్ 22 : ఇది ఒక్క ఏడాది కథ కాదు! ఎన్నో ఏళ్లుగా సాగుతున్న వ్యథ! ఆత్మహత్యల నివారణకు ప్రభుత్వం తీసుకుంటున్న చర్యలు రైతులకు భరోసా ఇవ్వడంలేదు. ఎరువు బరువై… కూలీలు కరువై. నీరు కన్నీరై… విత్తు దశ నుంచే చిత్తు చిత్తై అన్నదాతలు […]

The farm crisis: why have over one lakh farmers killed themselves in the past decade? Parliament lecture, 2007 by Sainath

070906 Sainath Parlimentary lecture Farm Crisis Speaker’s Lecture Series: Parliament House, Sept. 6, 2007 The farm crisis: why have over one lakh farmers killed themselves in the past decade? P. Sainath Rural Affairs Editor, The Hindu We, as a nation, are in the worst agrarian crisis in four decades. It is impossible to cover such a large issue in full. So I am going to be dealing with it in fragments today. I would like to stress that the crisis is so deep, so advanced that: firstly, no State, nobody, is exempt from this and it is not to be seen as the crisis of one State or one Government or […]

Adilabad reeling under farmers suicides: 26 in three months

Adilabad is reeling under farmers suicides.  in last three months 26 suicides are reported.  about 12 in october itself. there are several heart wrenching stories from the ground pouring in.  on 5th may, 2012 three members of a dalit family committed suicide in the village yellareddipet in nirmal mandal.     the farmer wa.s growing turmeric and cotton. crops failed and prices have fallen in the market leaving the family with the debt of rs. 1,00,000 from bank and 50 thousand private (36% interest). read the detailed case. Adilabad Farmer Suicides case studies thanks to nainala goverdhan, Committee to stop farmers suicides 9701381799 , AP Rytu Swarajya Vedhika

Suicides by farmers: Reply to Rajyasabha by Sharad Pawar 2012 sarad pawar admission in rajyasabha GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF  AGRICULTURE RAJYA SABHA QUESTION NO  183 ANSWERED ON  24.08.2012 Suicides by farmers 183 SHRIMATI KUSUM RAI Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE be pleased to satate :- (a) whether, as per Government figures, 2,70,940 farmers have committed suicide since 1995 and 14,000 farmers have committed suicide during 2011 alone; (b) if so, the details thereof along with the details of farmers who committed suicide during 2012, so far, State-wise; (c) whether in spite of release of thousands of crores under the Rehabilitation package to Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, these States stood at first and second position, with respect to farmers’ suicide, during 2011 with […]

Farm suicides rise in Maharashtra, State still leads the list

P. SAINATH, The Hindu | July 3, 2012 It accounted for well over a fifth of the total of 14,027 deaths in 2011 With a figure of at least 14,027 in 2011, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the total number of farm suicides since 1995 has touched 2,70, 940. The State of Maharashtra shows a rise in numbers yet again, logging 3,337 against 3,141 farmers’ suicides the previous year (and 2,872 in 2009). This, despite heavy massaging of data at the State level for years now, even re-defining of the term “farmer” itself. And despite an orchestrated (and expensive) campaign in the media and other forums […]

Vidarbha Reports Four more farmers’ suicides in last 72 Hours

Vidarbha Reports Four more farmers’ suicides in last 72 Hours NAGPUR –June 4, 2012 The crop failure and delayed relief aid being adjusted in pending crop loan without restructuring  crop loan as per NABARD directives, credit and relief aid starved four more vidarbha distressed farmers killed themselves  in last 72 hours as per reports  available here ,the recent innocent  farmers who become the victims of vidarbha agrarian crisis are identified as 1.Ramesh Sahare of village Athali in Bhandara  2.Bharat Barai of village kinahla in Wardha 3.Pundlik Rathode of village Rohana devi  in Yavatmal 4.Dhyaneshwar  Akhare of village Hiwarkhed in Amarvati This takes totally of farmers suicides in vidarbha as per documentation done on the basis […]

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