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Farmers Suicides in AP: Death as a way out

JAYATI GHOSH http://www.frontline.in/stories/20111230282609700.htm It is clearly the absence of political will rather than a paucity of ideas that is responsible for the country’s agrarian crisis.  SINGAM VENKATA RAMANA  THE GRIEF-STRICKEN FAMILY members of T. Ramulu, a debt-ridden farmer who committed suicide at Velamakanne village in Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh, in January 2010.  EXACTLY seven years ago this month, the Commission on Farmers’ Welfare, appointed by the government of Andhra Pradesh, submitted its report to the then Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. His Congress government assumed office earlier that year replacing the Telegu Desam Party regime led by N. Chandrababu Naidu, which lost the popular mandate largely because of public dissatisfaction […]

Farmer suicides hit a 15-year low: AP govt

The number of suicides by farmers in the state has fallen to an all-time low in the last 15 years despite the crisis in the agricultural sector. After a thorough enquiry, the revenue officials published the total number of suicides at 71 this year. Last year, till date, there were 181 farmer suicides. Since 1998, as many as 5,261 farmers have ended their lives in the state. “Suicides due to genuine agriculture-related reasons this year is 71. The deaths have been confirmed as per inquiry reports. Some more deaths have been reported, which are still being inquired into by the division level officers committee. Final reports are awaited,” a senior […]

Andhra Pradesh is now the top producer of paddy in India

Ludhiana, November 22 Andhra Pradesh has pipped Punjab to become the country’s top paddy producer, as per the data gathered by the Union Ministry of Food for the year 2010-11. While Andhra Pradesh procured 96.02 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of paddy, Punjab’s count stood at 86.35 lakh MT. Except for the year 2008-09, Punjab had for long been dominating the paddy production tally in the country. In all, 339.89 lakh MT of paddy was procured across the country in 2010-11 (the market year ends in September). Andhra Pradesh and Punjab were followed by Chhattisgarh (37.38 lakh MT), Orissa (24.72 lakh MT) and Uttar Pradesh (24.66 lakh MT). Haryana stood next […]

Farming between two lines

Posted by Uma Sudhir on November 20, 2011 at 8:30pm View Blog By Uma Sudhir All through his growing up years and later, my father has enjoyed the reputation of being an ace at mathematics and logic in family circles, and would love to throw little `puzzle’ challenges to us. One that came back to me suddenly the other day was: How will you make a long line small without erasing it? I was taxing my brain for a mathematical solution, when my father simply drew a longer line by its side and showed how the first one became small. It was about relativity. Last week, I was going on a field […]

Killer Fields of Telangana: under T Junction in Times of India


Farmers Suicides in AP as per Government Records

Farmers Suicides categorized as ‘Genuine Farmers Suicides’ by the Government of AP.  The data for 2011 shows only 66 suicides from all the districts where as our survey and the news paper reports show that more than 90 suicides happend in the last one month.  Gajwel block of Medak district had more than 11 suicides in the first week of november where as the report shows only 7. apart from Medak, no telangana district figures in the list while adilabad, karimnagar, khammam, mahaboobnagar are reeling under farmers suicides.  To consider as ‘Genuine Farmers Suicides’ and receive the compensation the victim’s family has to fulfil 13 criteria including land being on […]

Harvest of death on Andhra Pradesh’s killing fields

Uma Sudhir, Updated: November 18, 2011 19:28 IST http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/harvest-of-death-on-andhra-pradesh-s-killing-fields-151136 Hyderabad:  The cotton farms in Andhra Pradesh have turned into killing fields for farmers. At least 90 farmers have committed suicide in the last two months; the reason – monsoon failed them and so did the government. “Should I cry for my son or for the debts? He has left me only with tears and the burden of his children and their future. What am I going to do?” said Lakshmi, mother of 30-year-old Srinivas who hanged himself to death. In Chebarthi village, Srinivas had taken six acres on lease, at Rs. 10,000 per acre, in addition to his father’s land, to grow cotton. […]

AP: 5 Ryots end their lives

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/5-ryots-end-lives/articleshow/10721917.cms HYDERABAD: Three cotton farmers were among the five who committed suicide in the state in the last 24 hours. The suicides came in the wake of heavy crop losses and mounting debts on the poor farmers. Lack of rains is considered the main reason for crop failures, especially cotton. Ravi Naik and consumed pesticide to end his life at Nanya thanda in Keshampet mandal of Mahbubnagar district on Saturday evening. He had taken nine acres on lease and also availed Rs1 lakh loan to cultivate paddy. But subsequently, he suffered heavy losses and the crops dried up due to lack of rains. Ramulu committed suicide in Mahbubnagar district, after suffering huge […]

Alarming rise seen in farm suicides in Andhra Pradesh

Farmers’ organisations allege government is taking no action A fact-finding team representing a collective of 40 farmers’ organisations, Raitu Swarajya Vedika, has found an alarming rise in the number of suicides by farmers — as many as 90 in the last month alone — in Adilabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Medak, Mahbubnagar and Anantapur districts of Andhra Pradesh. Releasing a report and data collected from these districts from various sources, including media reports, the Vedika representatives expressed surprise that though there were clear indicators for the past two months of the emerging situation, the government had not taken action to support the farmers or mitigate their suffering. For instance, the cotton-sowing area […]

AP: Farm distress leading to suicides

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article2615154.ece  Endless woes: A farmer shows the harvested paddy that suffered damage in the fields due to rains near Vijayawada (file photo). HYDERABAD, NOV. 10: Farm distress in Andhra Pradesh has forced 90 farmers to commit suicide in Andhra Pradesh in the last few weeks, Raitu Swarajya Vedika and Human Rights Forum (HRF) have alleged. Members of these organisations have conducted fact-finding visits to Adilabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Medak, Mahboobnagar and Anantapur districts and interviewed families of the deceased and villagers. “The data collected from news reports in these six districts shows 90 suicides in the past one month. Since this is not an exhaustive compilation, the real numbers even in […]

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