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Farmers Suicides: AP govt in denial

Govt. is misleading the Nation on Farmer suicides: VJAS

NAGPUR: November 30th 2011 The claim of Indian Govt. that farmers Suicide by farmers have dropped drastically in the current year due to government initiatives is misleading as country is under severe agrarian crisis due to crop failure in major state suicide prone states Maharashtra,Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka as there is severe cotton ,soybean  and paddy crop failure reported and farm suicide spiral has restarted  and ground situation very grim  as debt and distress are forcing innocent farmers kill themselves, ,Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed in press note today. “We have been documenting farmers suicides reported in vidarbha since 1997 and The National Crime Records Bureau –NCRB officially published actual figures of […]

I am an Indian farmer, hear me out

O Mother! When our loan and other applications gather dust for months together, big companies are able to getall clearances in a matter of weeks. O Mother Earth! God bless my country. We, farmers, are the umbilical cord who connect mankind with you, Mother. What a high position we held in this country. We and our profession have been the central theme of many poets. My grandfather used to quote Tiruvalluvar, the great Tamil sage, who has dedicated 10 couplets to us — agriculture was considered the noblest of professions as the world was dependent on the farmer and his till. We still have great pride in feeding our brethren […]

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 […]

Number of farmer suicides falls drastically

BANGALORE: Thanks to several measures taken to address the grievances of the farming community the number of suicide incidents involving farmers have drastically fallen in Karnataka. Addressing newsmen here on Friday, CM D V Sadananda Gowda said that farmer suicides which stood at 342 in the year 2007-08 and 337 in the following year has reduced to 242 in 2010-11 and about 79 till November 15 this year. Stating that the government is taking several measures to reduce the number of farmers suicide to zero in the state, the CM said that the government’s initiatives to disburse farm loan at cheap rates has prevented farmers from taking extreme steps to […]

Andhra Pradesh govt overlooks farmer suicides: June 2010 story and situation has not changed

‘Wrong government policies force farmers to commit suicide’: ASHA releases report

95 farmers committed suicide in 6 Andhra districts between 7 October and 8 November, says report Tehelka.com Bureau New Delhi http://www.tehelka.com/story_main51.asp?filename=Ws251111AGRICULTURE.asp Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture members have demanded a parliamentary forum to voice farmers’ problems Blaming official policies for the increasing number of farmer suicides across the country, farm activists have demanded immediate government intervention to support farmers. According to a report presented at a press conference organised by the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) here on Friday, 95 farmers committed suicide in six districts in Andhra Pradesh between 7 October and 8 November. The figure is based on ASHA’s compilation of local news reports after […]

Kerala: Is govt paying incentive for suicide?

November 26, 2011 By K.P. Sethunath DC Kozhikode Suicide is a major scourge facing the contemporary Kerala society with the average rate of suicide in the State staying three times higher than the national average. Although social scientists started flagging the phenomena long ago, the issue entered the mainstream political lexicon in the state only six years ago with the debt-ridden farmers choosing to end their lives. The epicenter of farmer’s suicide was mainly in Wayanad district in northern Kerala. The suicide of farmers in Wayanad has to be viewed in the background of the structural crisis facing the agricultural system in the district known for its cash crop economy […]

Farmer suicides drop drastically: Central Govt

New Delhi: Suicide by farmers for reasons related to agrarian issues have dropped drastically in the current year due to government initiatives, Parliament was told on Friday. A total of 242 suicide by farmers due to agrarian reasons have been reported by different states so far in 2011, Minister of State for Agriculture Harish Rawat said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. During 2010, 657 farmers had taken their lives on this count, while in 2004 the toll was as high as 1,805, the minister added. Rawat said the drop in casualty has been reported from all the key agri states including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala […]

Kerala: Govt policies making farming difficult

ALAPPUZHA: “The agriculture packages announced by both the Centre and the state are not a panacea for the crisis being faced by the farmers in the state,” said CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan. He was speaking after inaugurating a convention of farmers organized by the Kerala Karshaka Sangham (KKS) at Mankom in Kuttanad. “The centre and state governments should find a permanent solution that will ensure protection for farmers. The Centre has destroyed the public distribution system and the government does not have a proper mechanism for procuring crops. This situation is forcing farmers to commit suicide,” he said. Vijayan blamed the government for the rising prices of food, fuel, […]

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