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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 […]

The BT cotton suicide belt – thousands of cotton farmers in India are killing themselves in their fields

Columbia City Paper, USA Trevor Aaronson http://columbiacitypaper.com/?p=1141 10.11.2009 VIDARBHA REGION, India – The reminders are still here as Gokal wipes tears from his face. There’s the white headscarf with gold trim, next to a pair of cracked and worn sandals. The rope is here, too, snaking along the ground next to a large mango tree, a perfect noose tied at its end. Five days ago, Gokal’s father hanged himself from the mango tree. His name was Motiram Baban Landkar, and Gokal and his two brothers don’t know how old he was when he died. In this part of rural India, birthdays go unnoticed and age matters little. The three sons […]

Vidharba: The Rat Poison Brides

Rs 82,000 crore spent, yet Vidarbha is counting its 117th suicide this year. ROHINI MOHAN nails what’s wrong with the Prime Minister’s giant relief fund. Photographs by VIJAY PANDEY THE STORY AT A GLANCE – Rs 82,000 crore spent, 80 percent farmers left out • Only 11 percent farmers use irrigation, rest depend on rain. Yet, 3/4ths of PMpackage geared for former • Waivers only valid for farmers with bank loans. But 75 percent borrow from moneylenders • Scheme ignores farmers with over 5 hectares, dying or not • Lethal fine print: if a farmer with a partially waived loan doesn’t repay outstandings by July 9, 2009, the waiver will be annulled • Multi-crore scam in PM’s cow subsidy • […]

No relief for cotton farmers, PM puts off meeting with Mumbai CM

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday had to call off hisvisit to Delhi to discuss the problems of cotton growing farmers because prime minister Manmohan Singh cancelled the appointment due to prior commitments. The cotton growing farmers have sought Rs6,000 per quintal for the crop —a price the state wants to consult with the Centre before making any commitment. Congress leaders from Vidarbha are up in arms arguing that if the state can bear the additional burden of Rs4,000 crore for increasing the price for sugarcane farmers, it cannot ignore cotton growing farmers. The top leadership in the Congress is worried as delay in the decision regarding hike in cotton […]

Record 1065 vidarbha farmers suicides reported in first year of Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan: Hostile administration is Killing Innocent Farmers

Nagpur -11th November , 2011 When chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is celebrating his first year of holding office more 1065 vidarbha farm widows and her family members are struggling to get food for survival, mass genocide of cotton farmers triggered during last year due to wrong policies of Govt. which imposed restriction cotton export on cotton farmers then allowing seed, fertilizer and pesticide companies to increase their price without giving any consideration to minimum support price to Maharashtra main cash crop cotton forcing debt ridden cotton farmers to commit suicide since e assume office at rate of three farmers a day this is record number of farm suicides for CM who is so called most efficient […]

Sugarcane lobby triumphs, cotton farmers limp-DNA

 DNA / Yogesh Pawar / Sunday, November 13, 2011 8:00 IST  While the Maharashtra government must be relieved that Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader and Kolhapur MP Raju Shetty ended his five-day fast in Baramati on Saturday, after it agreed to a sugarcane procurement price hike, many wonder why the same state ignores the plight of its cotton farmers. In the same duration that Shetty sat on a fast 22 debt-ridden, Vidarbha cotton farmers committed suicide. One of these, Rajendra Lahiti of Dhamangaon, Amravati, breathed his last after consuming pesticide at the same time that Shetty was ending his fast with sugarcane juice on Friday. Shetty’s fast saw a prompt response […]

Harvest of grief -Vidarbha farmers do not get solace even in death, as authorities fudge inquests to keep suicide numbers low

By Niranjan Takle Story Dated: Friday, November 11, 2011 15:2 hrs IST u Sarap Sunita’s husband, Rajendra, committed suicide taking pesticide. He had 12 acres and a loan Subhash Kharode did the best he could do to convince the authorities of the nature of his death—he wrote his suicide note on a 050 stamp paper. “I am not getting the right price for my crop because of the inconsistent policy of the government. I am depressed and committing suicide. A similar note to the district collector has been kept in my pocket,” said the note by the farmer. Kharode hanged himself on a tree in his farm at Akot in […]

Maharashtra: 17 farmers commit suicides in five days

NAGPUR: With seven farmers in Vidarbha committing suicide in last two days, the crisis which had seen a lull in last few months has resurfaced. According to Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, which spearheads cotton growers’ cause in the region and also keeps a tab on suicide committed by ryots, the farm suicide toll has reached an alarming 17 in last five days and 671 in the current year. The farmers who took the desperate route in the last three days have been identified as Maroti Mate of Palasgoan and Jivan Raghtate of Rehaki village ( both from Wardha), Kachruba Meran of Balsamudra and Mahadev Pasode of Vadati in Buldhana, Kailas Solanki […]

Nine more Vidarbha Cotton farmers suicides reported in 72 hours

The ink of news that rocked on official national afrm suicide data of NCRB become official which has reported that the country has seen over a quarter of a million farmers’ suicides between 1995 and 2010. The National Crime Records Bureau’s latest report on ‘Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India’ places the number for 2010 at 15,964. That brings the cumulative 16-year total from 1995 — when the NCRB started recording farm suicide data — to 2,56,913, the worst-ever recorded wave of suicides of this kind in human history and Maharashtra posts a dismal picture with over 50,000 farmers killing themselves in the country’s richest State in that period. It also remains […]

Maharashtra leads in statistic of shame-Farmers sucides

P. SAINATH, The Hindu, Mumbai, October 29, 2011 Share of Big 5 rose to 66.49 % of all farm suicides in 2010 Click here to view/download table on Farm Suicides: All India totals and numbers for five worst-affected States, 1995-2010 The five States with the largest share of the quarter-of-a-million farm suicides recorded in India over the past 16 years are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. While the total number of farmers who took their own life in 2010 showed a dip from the preceding year, the share of the Big 5, in fact, rose to 66.49 per cent of all farm suicides in 2010. It was 62 per […]

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