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Kerala: Church anguished over farmers suicides

Published Date: November 11, 2011 Tags: debt-ridden farmers, Farmers, suicides, welfare schemes Church people in Kerala say suicides by debt-ridden farmers are still occurring despite the introduction of several Church welfare schemes to help them. “It’s so sad people are taking their lives because of financial difficulties,” said Mananthavady diocese spokesman Father Thomas Therakam, adding that three farmers in Wayanad district committed suicide last week. The district had reported over 300 farmer suicides between 2001 and 2007 as a result of crop failures. Most of them had taken out loans from banks or money lenders. According to Fr Therakam, many projects the Church started in association with Caritas India helped reduce the number of […]

Farmer suicides becomes a burning issue again in Kerala districts

KOCHI: After a long time, farmers’ suicides have become a burning issue in Kerala with three incidents being reported from Wayanad district in a week. Falling prices, crop failure and mounting debts have been identified as reasons behind these incidents. Varghese (48), Asokan (45) and Sasidharan (35) have ended their lives due to a steep fall in the prices of ginger and plantain. Wayanad district collector K Gopalakrishna Bhat has convened a meeting to take stock of the situation. He told ET that of the three farmers, one had taken loans mostly from private moneylenders. The other two had taken credit from commercials banks. Wayanad turned out to be Kerala’s Vidarbha when more than […]

Third farmer suicide in a week in Wayanad district

Posted on: 08 Nov 2011  Thiruvananthapuram: A day after another farmer, suspected to be under debt, committed suicide in Kerala, the government Tuesday said it would look into all aspects of the problem. This was the third farmer suicide in Wayanad district in the last one week. Vergheese committed suicide Monday. According to his relatives, he was under a debt of Rs.5 lakh after his crop failed. Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan said: ‘I have already asked the authorities to provide me full details of loans availed from banks by farmers in Wayanad.’ ‘We will seriously look into all the issues and act accordingly. The government will also look into what […]

Kerala: Three farmers’ suicides in one week

Three debt-ridden farmers in Kerala’s Wayanad district have committed suicide in the last one week, triggering panic in the region where scores of farmers ended their lives in the early years of the last decade. According to the police, the three farmers who committed suicide had incurred financial liability from ginger and banana cultivations. Wayanad farmers tend to take huge tracts of land on lease in Kodagu and cultivate ginger, while banana cultivation is prevalent mainly in the home district. While both crops commanded high prices in the market until a year ago, the prices have plunged this season, forcing the farmers to go in for distress sales. The dead […]

Kerala: Burdened by debts, three Wayanad farmers end life

T K Devasia 9 November 2011 TRIVANDRUM – The specter of farmer suicides that rocked Kerala in the early 2000 has returned to haunt the southern Indian state with three farmers from Wayanad, a tiny hill district known for its spices and coffee plantations, ending their life in the last one week.  The latest incident has been that of Varghese alias Raju (48), who committed suicide by consuming poison at his house on Monday night. The farmer, who hailed from Trikkaipatta village, took the extreme step unable to bear the debt burden. The family members of the deceased said that he had availed Rs300,000 from banks for cultivating ginger and […]

Third Farmer Suicide in a Week in Kerala District

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 8 (IANS): A day after another farmer, suspected to be under debt, committed suicide in Kerala, the government Tuesday said it would look into all aspects of the problem. This was the third farmer suicide in Wayanad district in the last one week. Vergheese committed suicide Monday. According to his relatives, he was under a debt of Rs.5 lakh after his crop failed. Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan said: “I have already asked the authorities to provide me full details of loans availed from banks by farmers in Wayanad.” “We will seriously look into all the issues and act accordingly. The government will also look into what can be done […]

Kerala Cabinet to discuss farmers’ suicides

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/article2609309.ece Kerala Cabinet, meeting on Wednesday, will discuss the farmers’ suicides in Wayanad district of Kerala. In a short span of a few weeks, three farmers had committed suicide in the district reportedly because of indebtedness. Agriculture Minister K. P. Mohanan told The Hindu that he had directed the district Collector to hold a meeting of bankers, agriculture officers and others and collect data on indebtedness of farmers. The Minister, who had assured the just concluded session of the Assembly that farmers’ suicides would not recur in the State, said that the problem was that none could predict who was going to commit suicide. Now, the effort would be to assess the […]

Maharashtra tops the list of farmers’ suicides

New Delhi (PTI): Fourty-six farmers commit suicide every day in this country even as packages were rolled out in a bid to bailout the debt-ridden community from crisis. A whopping 16,632 cases of suicides by farmers, including 2,369 women were reported across the country last year with Maharashtra retaining the dubious distinction of having the largest number of such incidents despite a slump in figures. Farmers’ suicide constituted 14.4 per cent of the total 1,22,637 suicides in the country in 2007, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said in its latest report, Accidental Deaths and Suicide Report — 2007′. In 2006, the figures were 17,060 and since 1997 there were […]

Govt modifies rehab package for suicide-prone districts

CABINET DECIDES BS Reporter / New Delhi October 09, 2008, 1:25 IST The government today modified the rehabilitation package for the farmers in suicide prone districts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra. The government had earlier announced a rehabilitation package on September 29, 2006 for 31 identified districts in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra, involving a total amount of Rs 16,978 crore. After the feedback from implementing agencies, the Union Cabinet today decided to extend the period for implementation of the non-credit component of the package by two more years or up to September 30, 2011. It has also given in-principle approval for provision of need-based additional financial […]

101 farmers commit suicide in kerala in last 10 months

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEO200… Tuesday March 27 2007 01:47 IST PTI T’PURAM: A total of 101 farmers have committed suicide in Kerala after the Left Democratic Front government came to power 10 months back, Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran told the assembly on Monday.Wayanad district top the list with 46 suicides followed by Kozhikode 11 and Thiruvananthapuram 10, Ratnakaran said in a written reply during question hour.Government had given compensation to 549 farmers families who committed suicide in the last few years, he said. The government paid Rs 50,000 each to the families, he added.

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