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2011: A Dark year for farmers in AP

The year 2011 was one of the darkest years for farmers.  Season, Technology and Policy all failed them.  This year would be recording the highest farmers suicides in the history after 2003-04.  The kind of negligence, lopsided policies by NDA at the centre, TDP at the state are repeating again.  Every political party is seen to be using the occasion to voo the voters for electoral gains, and for corporates every disaster is turned to be a big business. in Andhra Pradesh for the first time large number of farmers have declared crop holiday in about 2 lakh acres in protest against the low MSPs and lack of procurement. On […]

NCRB all-India figure 1995-2010: 2,56,913 farm suicides

NCRB all-India figure 1995-2010: 2,56,913 farm suicides; 2010: 15,964 farmers’ suicides First 8 years 1995-2002: 1,21, 157. Second 8 years 2003-10: 1,35,756 Pawar, Agriculture Minister’s home state Maharashtra by far the worst in the country with 50,481 farm suicides between 1995-2010.  That is, 1995-2002: 20,066 and for 2003-10: 30,415   Main points for us to push and use: ·         last 8 years was much worse at an annual average of 1832 higher than first 8 years. ·         It is disgraceful and decidedly odd that Pawar who fancies himself as an effective agri Minister and farmer  never once referred to, quoted or discussed the recommendations of the National Farmers Commission (headed by DR. M.S. Swaminathan who is a member of […]

Vidharba: Farmers get Rs 2k-cr aid package

NAGPUR: Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday announced a Rs 2,000 crore relief package for farmers growing cotton, soyabean and paddy. He claimed the compensation was highest in the state’s history and unprecedented for Vidarbha farmers. However, the Opposition rejected the package, saying it was too little too late. Over 85 lakh farmers of Vidarbha, Marathwada and northern Maharashtra have been in crisis for over two months. They had hoped to get at least Rs 5,000 a hectare. But the relief announced by the CM may be about Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 a hectare for cotton and even less for soya and paddy growers. After discussions with political parties, farmers, NGOs […]

Disappointed with farmer’s Package 4 more vidarbha killed themselves :farm widows blockade NationalHighway protesting the relief package

Nagpur-15th dcmber2011 The shocks of rejection of farmers main demand to give hike to support price in cotton ,soya and paddy has reported four suicides in vidarbha ,identified as 1.Ankush Raut of Wadki in Yavatmal 2Ashok Bhongale of Bhamada in Yavatmal 3.Ramrao Kamble of Gaul in Wardha 4.Shayram Thege of Kesarwada in Bhandara As per media reports published here taking toll to 722 in year 2011 alone,Kishor Tiwari, president of Nagpur-based Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, (VJAS), activist group working for cotton farmer rights in a Press release today. Most of major cotton centre town are completely closed to support ‘Bandh’ called giving by opposition parties and hundreds of farm widows blockade […]

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 […]

Kerala: Farmers readying to go back to ginger fields

KALPETTA: Wayanad farmers are once again getting ready to return to the ginger fields in Karnataka this year and try their hand at a game that has already cost the lives of many. The fertile fields of Karnataka which turned out to be a graveyard of dreams for ginger farmers from Wayanad with many turning to suicide after not being able to recover even a portion of the money they invested in these lands, due to a sharp fall in ginger prices. Farmers in large numbers from Wayanad have already taken land for lease in various places including Coorg, Shimoga, Mysore and other parts of the state. But they content […]

Indebtedness not the only cause of farmers’ suicide

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/Indebtedness-not-the-only-cause-of-farmers-suicide/articleshow/11067214.cms BHOPAL: Not just their crippling indebtedness, but other 20-25 compelling reasons too have been driving hundreds of farmers in Madhya Pradesh to kill themselves. This was concluded by an expert committee set up by the state Human Rights Commission after a seven month long study. The two-member committee of agriculture experts comprising G S Kaushal and DrSadhuram Sharma has submitted its report to the State Human Rights Commission, throwing light on the causes of farmer’s suicide and suggesting ways to deal with the situation. The committee has found that indebtedness was only one of the reasons for farmers taking their own lives. According to the state government’s own statistics, as many as […]

రుణమే మరణ శాసనం

3 నెలలు.. 156 ప్రాణాలు! పొలాల్లోనే ప్రాణాలు తీసుకుంటున్న రైతులు 50 శాతం కౌలుదారులే! ప్రైవేటు అప్పులతో ఛిన్నాభిన్నం సాయం లేదు.. చర్యల్లేవు సర్కారు మొద్దు నిద్ర రాష్ట్రంలో వ్యవసాయమే మాయాజూదంలా మారిపోయింది. ఈ జూదాన్ని నమ్మి రైతులు అప్పు చేయటమన్నది.. వారి పాలిట పెను శాపంలా పరిణమించింది. ‘అప్పు’.. భూతంలా వెంటాడి, పట్టి పీడించి.. చివరికి ప్రాణాలను బలిదీసుకునే వరకూ వదలటం లేదు. ఇందుకు రాష్ట్రంలో ఇటీవలి రైతుల ఆత్మహత్యలే ప్రత్యక్ష సాక్ష్యం. గత 3 నెలల్లో 156 మంది రైతులు ఆత్మహత్యలు చేసుకున్నారు. సగటున నెలకు 52 మంది.. రోజుకు దాదాపు ఇద్దరు! వీరిలో దాదాపు సగం మంది.. అంటే 74 మంది కౌలు రైతులు. ఈ దారుణ పరిస్థితులపై న్యూస్‌టుడే యంత్రాంగం పరిశీలన జరిపింది. అన్ని రకాలుగానూ ప్రతికూల పరిస్థితులు నెలకొన్న తరుణంలో ‘అప్పు’ అన్నది రైతులను ఎంతగా కుంగదీస్తోందో, వారిని ఎంతకు తెగించేలా చేస్తోందో, రైతుకు అప్పులిచ్చే విషయంలో సమర్థమైన వ్యవస్థీకృత విధానం లేకపోవటం ఎంతటి దారుణాలకు తెర తీస్తోందో […]

Slaps, Shoes And Suicides

The slap on the agriculture minister’s face was not just an outburst. The angst was driven by deeper and more serious concerns Devinder Sharma Food Policy Analyst Dead in vain Farmer suicides have evoked no response from politicians Photo: Prashant Panjiar THE DAY Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was slapped, Sharad Joshi and I were speaking at a national conference of farmers in Haridwar. A little after lunch, Swami Ramdev walked in to take his seat and apologised for being late. He said he was late because he had been responding to media questions on the ‘thappad’. ‘Wrong government policies force farmers to commit suicide’

Farmers Suicides: Some States fight the trend but …

P. SAINATH Five States did manage a significant decline in the average number of farm suicides between 2003 and 2010. However, more States have reported increases over the same period. The television story was genuine and sensitive. At least 90 farmers, it said, had committed suicide in two months in Andhra Pradesh. These were cotton growers. Actually, last year, Andhra farmers killed themselves at the rate of 210 each month on average, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. But it is heartening that somebody took note of what’s going on. The more so when dishonest bureaucrats feed gullible sections of the press awful crud on farm suicides being at […]

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