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Scientist’s warning on farmer suicides: Assam GUWAHATI: Agriculture scientist GV Ramanjaneyulu on Saturday said Assam could go the Chhattisgarh way in terms of farmers’ suicides if the state government fails to implement concrete measures in protecting the interests of farmers. The scientist was speaking at an interactive session titled “The Current Crisis in Indian Agriculture and the Way Forward” held in Cotton College State University, organized by its department of economics. He emphasized on the comparisons between Assam and Chhattisgarh in terms of production of different varieties of rice and engagement of tribals in farming and agriculture. “What happened in Chhattisgarh was quite unfortunate because the state government had decided to introduce hybrid rice which almost made the traditional varieties extinct. […]

The Secret Suicide Pact: Farmer Suicides in Chhattisgarh

Tehelka Magazine, May 26, 2012  Vidarbha claims an occasional burst of attention, but unknown to most, Chhattisgarh has become India’s largest farmer graveyard, writes SHRIYA MOHAN Loss beyond words Hemram Yadav’s children refuse to reveal why their father killed himself in 2006 PHOTOS: VIJAY PANDEY CHHATTISGARH HAS for long been in the national eye for its Naxal threat. But few know of its other grave crisis that has been kept carefully under wraps – that its farmers have been silently killing themselves for nearly a decade now. Five states — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — account for just a third of the country’s population but twothirds of the […]

Dowry system fuelling farmers’ suicides in Vidarbha

Mumbai/Nagpur, May 20 (IANS) The dowry system is driving many farmers of Maharshtra’s Vidarbha region to suicide, a fact which was brought into national focus Sunday on ‘Satyamev Jayate’, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s popular show. In an interview on the show, Usha Ashtekar, 25, spoke about how her father borrowed from a money-lender but had to repay the loan even before he could get Usha married. ‘My father took a loan from a money-lender to get me married. But before he could do so, the money-lender made my father repay the loan by using force. Worried about my marriage plus the bad condition of our farm, he committed suicide two […]

300 Farmers Suicides officially reported in 2012 in Six Districts of West Vidarbha- Prime Minister urged for Urgent Intervention

Nagpur- Saturday, May 19, 2012 When central Govt. and Maharashtra is working hard to disburse Rs.700 Crore relief aid released to specific districts of   western Maharashtra after server followup  of union minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar ,News Paper ‘SAKAL’ owned his family reported today that more than 300 farmers committed suicides in six districts of farm suicide prone west vidarbha taking tally to 8520 as per official reports of Maharashtra Govt. ,the agrarian crisis has hit badly to the region where in an average @ 8 hourly one innocent cotton farmer is committing suicide since June 2005 but recent figure of farm suicides given by administration is totally contradicting Govt. […]

Reaping gold through cotton, and newsprint: P. SAINATH A facsimile of The Times of India’s August 28, 2011 page with the ‘marketing feature’ on Bt Cotton. The same full page appeared twice in three years, the first time as news, the second time as an advertisement “Not a single person from the two villages has committed suicide.” Three and a half years ago, at a time when the controversy over the use of genetically modified seeds was raging across India, a newspaper story painted a heartening picture of the technology’s success. “There are no suicides here and people are prospering on agriculture. The switchover from the conventional cotton to Bollgard or Bt Cotton here has led to […]

లెక్కల్లో సర్కారుది ‘చావు’ తెలివి: అన్నదాతల ఆత్మహత్యలపై తప్పుడు లెక్కలు

* కిందటేడాది వెయ్యికిపైగా రైతులు మరణిస్తే.. 141 అంటున్న సర్కారు * జీవనోపాధి లేక, సర్కారు పరిహారం అందక రైతు కుటుంబాల విలవిల * అమలుకు నోచుకోని జీవో 421.. రైతు ఆత్మహత్య చేసుకున్న కుటుంబానికి రెండ్రోజుల్లోనే పరిహారం అందజేయాలంటూ వైఎస్ జారీ చేసిన జీవో ఇది * అత్యంత మానవీయ కోణంలో తెచ్చిన ఈ జీవోకు గ్రహణం ఆకుల రామకృష్ణ.. మహబూబ్‌నగర్ జిల్లా జడ్చర్ల మండలం నెక్కొండకు చెందిన ఈయన ఓ కౌలురైతు. 18 ఎకరాలు కౌలుకు తీసుకుని పత్తి వేశాడు. ఎకరాకు 10-12 క్వింటాళ్లు రావాల్సిన పత్తి.. వర్షాల్లేక ఎకరాకు 2 క్వింటాళ్లే వచ్చింది. పెట్టుబడుల కోసం చేసిన అప్పులు తీరే దారి కానరాక కిందటేడాది సంక్రాంతి (జనవరి 14) రోజున పురుగుల మందు తాగాడు. ఆరురోజుల పాటు మృత్యువుతో పోరాడి జనవరి 20న మరణించాడు. …సర్కారు సాయం చేస్తుందని ఊరి పెద్దలు చెబితే రామకృష్ణ భార్య మమత అధికారుల చుట్టూ తిరిగింది. సాయం కోసం వారి కాళ్లావేళ్లా పడింది. నీ భర్త పేరు మీద భూమి లేదు.. […]

Farmer suicides declining steadily: Govt New Delhi, May 4 (PTI) There has been a steady decline in suicides by farmers on account of agrarian reasons in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and elsewhere because of several initiatives by the government, Parliament was informed today. A total of 123 farmers took their lives due to agrarian causes in 2011 till July end in Maharashtra, as against 454 in 2010, Minister of State for Agriculture Harish Rawat said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. A total of 550 farmers had taken the extreme steps in the Western state in 2009. Similarly, 109 farmers committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh till February-end in the 2011-12 fiscal, as against […]

Five farmer suicides in Maharashtra in 24 hours says NGO

NDTV Correspondent | Updated: May 01, 2012 16:10 IST Mumbai:  May 1 is celebrated as Maharashtra Day across the state. However for five families it’s not meant to be that. There are reports that five farmers including one woman farmer have committed suicide in the Vidarbha region of the state in the last 24 hours. Three farmers were from Yavatmal, one each from Washim and Amravati districts. According to statistics released by a Farmer advocacy group Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) the five farmers – like thousands of other farmers – were waiting for relief aid declared in December 2011 by Maharashtra chief minister but hadn’t received anything till date. Ramdas […]

Fact finding report on farmers suicides in Mahaboobnagar by HRF

S No Cr PC & PS Deceased Details Family Details Date of death Land and Debt Details Details mentioned in FIR Our report Contact numbers Jadcherla 3 41/11 A Ramakrishna, s/o Ramachandraiah, 32 yrs, C/Golla, Occ: Agril, r/o Nekkonda Village of Jadcherla mandal 20.01.2011 3 acres own land, 3 acres lease, Rs 164000 amount expended on cotton crops He was suffering from financila crisis due to debts and attempted suicide by consuming insecticide poison on 14.1.2011 at 1000 hrs at his home and He died at OGH, Hyd. Informant: wife, mother and others; Wife: Mamata; 2 girl children (4 yrs; 13 months); took 15 acres on lease; no irrigation facility; […]

Yavatmal farm widows’ plight moves Kelkar: Akola univ says Bt cotton not suitable for this region NAGPUR: Economist, chairman of the 13th finance commission and retired bureaucrat Vijay Kelkar, who heads the committee formed by Maharashtra governor to take a fresh look at regional imbalance, was moved by the plight of widows of farmers who ended their lives unable to bear the economic stress. “The crisis in Vidarbha’s dry-lands is deep and of immense proportions,” he agreed after meeting hapless members of the distressed farming community and others at Bacchat Bhavan in Yavatmal collectorate on Friday. Kelkar was particularly touched by the misery of Rekha Thag, a farm widow from Venikota village, who was allegedly thrown out of the house by her in-laws after husband’s death. She now […]

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