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NCRB reports Maharashtra tops farm suicides in 2010 -VJAS

Owing to rampant corruption in the Bt.Cotton farming sector a recent NCRB report has stated that Maharashtra tops the suicide number followed by four more states A RECENT NCRB report stated that Maharashtra tops farmer suicides in 2010. It’s official that the country has seen over a quarter of a million farmer 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 and Maharashtra has reported maximum 3141 farmers suicides followed by Karnataka 2585, Andhra Pradesh at 2,525 and Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh amounting 10,614. That brings the cumulative 16-year total from 1995 when […]

Vidarbha cotton growers` convention tomorrow in Yavatmal

Nagpur, Oct 12 (PTI) The Bhartiya Kisan Sabha (BKS), a left wing farmers union along with farm activists and economists will be meeting at Wani in Yavatmal district tomorrow for the Vidarbha Cotton growers’ convention. The meet will be working out a strategy on future agitation as more than three million dry land cotton farmers have already lost cotton crop over two million hectares, said, Kishore Tiwari of Cotton Farmers’ advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, which is supporting the proposed cotton conclave. Atul Anjaan, National Convener Bhartiya Kisan Sabha (BKS) noted economist Shirinivas Khandewale and Shivdas Utane Maharashtra unit president of BKS and Namdeo Gwande, General secretary of Maharashtra BKS […]

Bt cotton crop washed away in vidarbha-DNA Reports

Bt Cotton Crop washed away in Vidarbha-DNA DNA / Yogesh Pawar / Sunday, September 25, 2011 8:00 IST Step into the fields with your shoes on and you realise why it makes sense to walk barefoot like Rameshwar Golewar of Kolejhari in Kalam tehsil of Yavatmal district in Vidarbha’s suicide country. Your foot slips till the ankle into the soggy clay-like field. “It has rained so much in the last week that my entire crop is ruined,” points out Golewar as he looks around the wilting cotton crop on his 12 acre field. The rains have brought a double whammy. Not only has the rain halted the flowering midway, but […]

How Green These Barrens

http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?277986 A magical oasis right in the middle of the suicide belt of Maharashtra, Hivre Bazaar village shows what united thought and action can achieve SMITA MITRA Trigger Why we are doing this story In Maharashtra, 79 farmers have killed themselves so far this year, with three indebted farmers committing suicide on Aug 8. *** Between the dense outcrop of crooked trees and wild grass, we spot two cheetal deer from the car. In a flash, they are gone, the white underside of their tails flashing as they speed away. Only, we aren’t in a reserve forest or national park. Hivre Bazaar is like a miracle smack in the middle […]

Farmers urge Anand Sharma to lift restriction on raw cotton

Farmers have urged new Textile Minister Anand Sharma to lift all quantitative restrictions on raw cotton and provide export incentives to farmers, so that their economic interest is protected as done by the US govt IT WAS imposing of quantitative restrictions in 2004 for free cotton import by the NDA government, which allowed dumping of cheapest 20 million cotton bales, resulting in economic recession and start of cotton farmers’ suicide spiral in Vidarbha. It was once again re-imposed in 2009 when present UPA government. introduced stringent cotton export measures. The purpose of such measures was to protect the interest of the handful of textile mill owners, who wanted cheaper raw […]

Cotton Farmers demands C.B.I. probe in to alleged Rs.500 Crore scam of Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran to stop Cotton Bale-Yarn Export

The present cotton crisis in India is result of wrong policies enforced by ex-textile minister of India to protect interest on handful textile mill owners which has denied best available price of cotton to 1 billion cotton farmers of India and resulted in the total losses of more than Rs.20,000 crore to farmers and local ginners and traders as complete ban on export from January to may 2011 has forced to them to offload the cotton or cotton bales at the half price which was prevailing till march 2011 .all decision of putting stringent restrictions of cotton bales export even on cotton yarn and cotton waste was to favor textile […]

Farmer suicides in India: How many more Vidarbhas can we afford?

Kapil Mishra Nathuram Pal, a 45-year-old farmer of Nibhghana village in Garautha tehsil of Bundelkhand region, committed suicide by hanging himself with a ‘Babool’ tree on the night of 18th June. He was under pressure to pay back the loan of Rs 12,000 taken from the coopertive bank and another Rs 40,000 taken from the local people. While the mainstream politics and media is busy debating the Lokpal, bla ck money and megascams like CWG, Adarsh, 2G etc., rural India is slowly losing its battle for survival. More than 500 farmers have committed suicides in Bundelkhand region this year, Allahabad High court has taken suo moto notice of media reports […]

Are There Benefits from the Cultivation of Bt Cotton? A Comment Based on Data from a Vidarbha Village

Madhura Swaminathan and Vikas Rawal (2011), Review of Agrarian Studies Vol 1(1) January-June 2011 This note examines costs and returns from the cultivation of different types of cotton in a rainfed village in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India. While the pros and cons of GM cotton are extensively debated, there are only a few empirical studies on the economic performance of Bt cotton, particularly under rainfed conditions. The results from a detailed survey of farm business incomes show that Bt cotton was a clear leader in terms of production and gross value of output when grown as a stand-alone crop. However, on the fields of small and marginal farmers, […]

When paddy turns poison – Farmer kills himself as harvest is rich but no one to buy

JAIDEEP HARDIKAR  Bhandara/Yavatmal, June 26: When he drank poison on January 11, farmer Hargovind Harne’s run-down hut was bursting with freshly harvested paddy. Yet he was neck-deep in debt. Even the bottle of pesticide that he used to take his own life had been bought on credit, as the bill shows. His large stock of grain wasn’t the only puzzle in the 47-year-old’s suicide. Vidarbha is infamous for continuing suicides by cotton farmers but Harne grew food, not cotton. A silent epidemic, however, has gripped food-grain cultivators not just in Vidarbha but across central India’s rain-fed belt. This year, many of them have suffered huge losses despite a good crop, […]

Four farmers commit suicide on Maharashtra Day

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Four-farmers-commit-suicide-on-Maharashtra-Day/Article1-692393.aspx Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times Nagpur, May 02, 2011 Despite the tall claims of the Prithviraj Chavan government that it has succeeded to minimise the farmers’ suicide in Vidarbha, the problem continues unabated in the region. This time four debt-ridden farmers took the extreme step when the state was celebrating its 51st formation day, on May 1. According to reports reaching on Monday, as many as four distressed farmers have ended their lives in different parts of Vidarbha in last 48 hours because of agrarian crisis. Of them, two were from Yavatmal, one of the worst affected districts in the region and one each from Buldhana and Amravati. The […]

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