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Centre Rehabilitation Package for farmers Rs 169.79 BN for 31 dist. 16 in AP from 2006-2011

The rehabilitation package has not made any difference in the lives of the farmers.  The suicides continued.  The concerned officers, scientists politicians and the industry made big profits…shame In 2006, Government of India approved Rehabilitation Package of Rs. 169.7869BN for 31 identified districts in Andhra Pradesh (16), Karnataka (6), Kerala (3) and Maharashtra (6). Rehabilitation Package included both immediate and medium-term measures to be implemented over a period of 3 years. The package aimed at establishing a sustainable and viable farming and livelihood support system through debt relief to farmers, improved supply of institutional credit, crop centric approach to agriculture, assured irrigation facilities, watershed management, better extension and farming support services, improved […]

Farmer suicides: Secret govt note says Bt cotton failing

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Punjab/Chandigarh/Farmer-suicides-Secret-govt-note-says-Bt-cotton-failing/SP-Article1-830881.aspx India’s Bt cotton dream is going terribly wrong. For the first time, farmer suicides, including those in 2011-12, have been linked to the declining performance of the much hyped genetically modified (GM) variety adopted by 90% of the country’s cotton-growers since being allowed a decade ago. Policymakers have hailed Bt cotton as a success story but a January 9 internal advisory, a copy of which is with HT, sent out to cotton-growing states by the agriculture ministry presents a grim scenario. “Cotton farmers are in a deep crisis since shifting to Bt cotton. The spate of farmer suicides in 2011-12 has been particularly severe among Bt cotton farmers,” says the […]

Ministry blames bt cotton for farmer suicides

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/Business/Ministry-blames-bt-cotton-for-farmer-suicides/Article1-830798.aspx India’s Bt cotton dream is going terribly wrong. For the first time, farmer suicides, including those in 2011-12, have been linked to the declining performance of the much hyped genetically modified (GM) variety adopted by 90% of the country’s cotton-growers since being allowed a decade ago. Policymakers have hailed Bt cotton as a success story but a January 9 internal advisory, a copy of which is with HT, sent out to cotton-growing states by the agriculture ministry presents a grim scenario. “Cotton farmers are in a deep crisis since shifting to Bt cotton. The spate of farmer suicides in 2011-12 has been particularly severe among Bt cotton farmers,” says the […]

DNA investigations: Marathwada region beats Vidarbha in farmer deaths

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_dna-investigations-marathwada-region-beats-vidarbha-in-farmer-deaths_1657782 In 2011, the highest number of farmers’ suicides in Maharashtra was not in Vidarbha, but unexpectedly, in Marathwada. This region and Khandesh, where farmers suffered crop failure and massive debt, have emerged as the new epicentres for suicides in the state. The numbers: Marathwada had 435 farmers’ suicides, Vidarbha 276 and Khandesh 133. Overall, 860 farmers killed themselves in 2011, the highest figure in the last four years, according to Maharashtra’s law and order department. (In 2008, there were 771 farmers’ suicides, in 2009 535 and just 363 in 2010). Within Marathwada, Beed district (represented by a BJP stalwart) had the highest number of farmer suicide deaths. The reason […]

Other side of farm suicides in Punjab: Book on women’ misery in Punjabi by Orissa woman activist

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ludhiana/Other-side-of-farm-suicides-in-Punjab-Book-on-women-misery-in-Punjabi-by-Orissa-woman-activist/articleshow/12305395.cms SANGRUR: The debt ridden farm suicides inPunjab might be projected as disturbing trend pointing towards further aggravating agrarian scene at the place more known as birth of green revolution in India but till now not much has been written about the pitfalls of farm suicides on the familial front. Now a researcher and woman activist has come up with a book about how the women had to face the wrath of agrarian crisis in Punjab. Ranjana Padhi has documented the miseries of women facing farm suicides through her book ‘Punjab de kheti sankat di kahani -auratan di aapni jubani'(The story of Punjab’ agrarian crisis and women’ agony). Interestingly despite her being of Orissa origin, […]

Documentary on Vidarbha farmers bags National award

Documentary on Vidarbha farmers bags National award-TIMES OF INDIA Watch it on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdlPD8Eccrw NAGPUR: “If a quarter million farmers kill themselves over a span of 16 years, then it is genocide and not suicide. The globalization of economies has given rise to a new form of agrarian warfare where seeds are the new weapons.” This observation formed the basis of the documentary ‘Cotton For My Shroud’ made by Nandan Saxena and his wife Kavita Bahl. The 90 minute film, shot in the hinterlands of Vidarbha, which have earned the infamous sobriquet of farmer’s graveyard, has won aRajat Kamal for the best investigative film at the 59th National awards announced in New Delhi on Wednesday. […]

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 […]

Now, parliamentary panel to study suicide crisis

Ramu Bhagwat, TNN | Feb 26, 2012, 02.11AM IST  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Now-parliamentary-panel-to-study-suicide-crisis/articleshow/12037892.cms?prtpage=1 NAGPUR: A parliamentary standing committee will visit the farm suicide capital of Yavatmal on March 2. The 37-member committee, headed by Basudeo Acharya of CPM, will go to Pandharkawda and visit couple of villages to find out why farmers suicides continue unabated despite a plethora of measures taken by the government, providing relief to cotton growers of drylands of Vidarbha. This is the first time that such a large team of parliamentary committee will be visiting the region. The visit comes in the wake of reports that the actual number of farmers committing suicides and found eligible for compensation by the government has actually […]

Micro finance giant SKS Under Spotlight in Suicides: Wall street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203918304577242602296683134.html Associated Press MUMBAI, India — First they were stripped of their utensils, furniture, mobile phones, televisions, ration cards and heirloom gold jewelry. Then, some of them drank pesticide. One woman threw herself in a pond. Another jumped into a well with her children. Sometimes, the debt collectors watched nearby. More than 200 poor, debt-ridden residents of Andhra Pradesh killed themselves in late 2010, according to media reports compiled by the government of the south Indian state. The state blamed microfinance companies–which give small loans intended to lift up the very poor–for fueling a frenzy of overindebtedness and then pressuring borrowers so relentlessly that some took their own lives. The […]

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