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As cotton fields thrive, so do concerns

A decade after Bt cotton was approved, it remains mired in controversy Pramit Bhattacharya  First Published: Tue, Oct 02 2012. 10 06 PM IST Changed preferences: Farmers in Khamba used to cultivate groundnuts, but switched to cotton in mid-1990s. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint RELATED Vidarbha’s tryst with Bt Cotton Vidarbha’s tryst with Bt Cotton The battle of the bourses Untangling the knot between Mumbai and its mills Is India facing another drought? Updated: Wed, Oct 03 2012. 01 03 AM IST Khambha (Gujarat): The farmer in Nanudi village in south Gujarat, roughly 350km from Ahmedabad, is among the overwhelming majority of Indian cotton growers who have sown Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton this year. Unlike […]

Suicides by farmers: Reply to Rajyasabha by Sharad Pawar

http://164.100.47.4/newrsquestion/ShowQn.aspx 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 […]

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. […]

Farmer suicides declining steadily: Govt

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/wire-news/farmer-suicides-declining-steadily-govt_700479.html 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 […]

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; […]

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, […]

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