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Seven Vidarbha farmers suicides on the eve of ‘Dasara’ :Cotton Crisis killing Innocent Farmers

Nagpur-17th October , 2010 The massive celebration of ‘Dasara festival’ in urban India has over showed the on going agrarian crisis in dying feld of vidarbha where seven more debt trapped farmers killed themselves on th e eve of this mega festival thus taking toll 622 in year 2010 Recent victims of vidarbha agrarian crisis are 1.Waman Awari of Borgoan in Yavatmal 2.Vijay Dandage of Ratnapur in Yavmal 3.Dhyaneshwar Choudhari of Eklara in Yavamal 4.Prabhakar Wakte of Kothari in Akola 5.Ladhu Madavi of Chopamguda in Chandrapur 6.Bhiagirath Pathorkar of Sadarabadi in Amravati 7.Raju Lahorkar of Pimpalkhuata in Washim The heavy crop losses and failure of Bt.cotton in more than 6 […]

16 Vidarbha farmers suicides in a week – VJAS urged for Smt.Sonia Gandhi to save vidarbha farmers

Nagpur-15th march 2010 Unseasonable rains in the last two-three days in the region for vidarbha growers, these have proved to be extremely detrimental as four more farmers suicides reported in last 48 hours taking toll to 16 farm suicides in a week include one women farmer in the on going agrarian crisis in the region which has shown impact of despair and extreme distress forced over 2 million farm families as per official survey, informed Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan andolan Samiti (VJAS) in press note . “In a letter to UPA convener smt.sonia GandhiIndia VJAS has drawn attention toward the fact regarding seriousness of agrarian crises in India that has claimed more than 2,16,000 farmers […]

10 Vidarbha farmers commit suicide in three days

Friday, March 12, 2010 08:00 IST Our Bureau, Mumbai Ten farmers have committed suicide in Vidarbha in the last three days. Of the 10 deaths, six were reported from Yavatmal district – known as the suicide capital of Vidarbha – two from Akola and one each in Nagpur and Washim district, according to Santosh Netam, publicity-in-charge of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), an NGO that keeps track of farm suicides in the region. Nine farmers ended their lives by consuming pesticide while one took a fatal leap into a well, the Samiti said. “The district machinery is geared to rackle the situation arising out of the agrarian crisis. We have […]

The dull days of White Gold

P Sainath , 08 Apr 2009 Across India, cotton growers make up the largest group of the over 180,000 farmers who committed suicide between 1997 and 2007. There’s nothing like an election to spur policy change, though, notes P Sainath.08 April 2009 – They called it White Gold. In 1972, you could buy 15 grams of gold with what you earned from producing one quintal of cotton. In Vidarbha, for instance, you made Rs.340 for that quintal (long staple). And gold went at Rs.220 for 10 grams (Rs.330 for 15). True, the cotton growers were even then subsidising rich textile barons in Mumbai. They still do – a lot more, […]

State tops national graph in farmers' suicides -1,520 In Vidarbh

Technorati Tags: Farmers’ suicides,vidharba -TIMES NEWS NETWORK State tops national graph in farmers’ suicides -1,520 In Vidarbha In 2007, 4,238 Ryots Ended Life In State, 1,520 In Vidarbha Yavatmal: TheUnion home ministry’s website displays the data of farmers’ suicides in 2007and a close look into the available version indicates that Maharashtra topsthe entire country with regard to the suicide of distressed farmers.According to the website, 16,632 farmers ended their lives in 2007 andMaharashtra had the highest figure of 4,238 of whom 1,520 are reported fromVidarbha region alone.As a matter of fact, the Central government has granted a huge sum of Rs3,750 crore in the form of the Prime Minister’s Special […]

Institutionalised corruption in Vidharba-hostile to farmers: VJAS writes to Maharashtra CM

VJAS has been monitoring vidarbha farmers suicides and agrarian crisis since 1999 and we are glad that your Govt. and UPA govt. at the centre has first officially admitted that west vidarbha cotton famers are in pathetic condition and committing suicides and has declared timely relief packages in 2005 and 2006 but as on today if we look at the net result of these Rs.5000 crore relief packages it is crystal clear that all relief packages failed to stop on going farm suicides on vidarbha more over it failed to provide any help or healing touch to the 2 million distressed farmers of west vidarbha .please look at the graph […]

4,850 farmer suicides in last four years: VJAS

31 Oct 2008, 1749 hrs IST, PTI NAGPUR: As many as 4,850 farmers have committed suicide during the four-year tenure of the Congress-NCP Democratic Front (DF) government in Maharashtra from 2004 to 2008, though the trend is on the decline, an NGO said today. From 456 farmer suicides in 2004 to 660 in 2005 which grew to 1,886 in 2006, the number of suicides has gone down to 1,213 in 2007 and further dropped to 635 in 2008, Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti President Kishore Tiwari said in a release here. Admitting that suicidal tendencies among farmers in the Vidarbha region was fast reducing, Tiwari said that mounting debts, crop failure and […]

Farmers’ suicide row: FIR registered against Sonia, Pawar

Zeenews Bureau http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=469997&sid=REG Akola, Sept 18: The issue of farmers’ suicide in Maharashtra has taken an ugly turn as a debt-ridden farmer from Akola has reportedly filed cases against 15 high profile persons including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar.According to reports, the farmer, Dilip Ghatole, has held Sonia Gandhi and 15 others responsible for formulating such policies which led to the untimely and tragic death of his father Shaligram Ghatole.Shaligram, a cotton farmer, ended his life in October 2007, as he could not repay his loans.While moving a petition in the Akola district court, the petitioner said that the present UPA government was responsible […]

23 farmers seek Prez permission to end lives

17 Sep 2008, 0230 hrs IST, Proshun Chakraborty,TNN http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/23_farmers_seek_Prez_permission_to_end_lives/articleshow/3491699.cms WANI: For the distressed farmers of Yavatmal in Maharashtra, the reasons driving them to suicide have been crop failure and crippling debts. There is another now: pollution by state-owned coal mines.The spraying of coal dust on the fields by the hundreds of trucks rolling out of Coal India Ltd’s Western Coal Fields has severely hit farmers in the region.Farmers say the coal dust from the open mines settle on the top soil and on crops jeopardising farming. As many as 23 farmers of Pinpalgaon, Junad and Brahmani in Wani, about 130km from Nagpur, have now written to President Pratibha Patil saying […]

Jadhav is running a rent-a-report service: Sainath

After PM’s advisor Naresh Jadhav attacked Magasaysay-winning journalist over his report on Vidarbha farmers, P Sainath retaliates with an equally vitriolic counter attack Posted On Sunday, September 14, 2008 Deepak Lokhande Picking up the gauntlet thrown by the PM’s economic advisor and Pune University vice-chancellor Naresh Jadhav, Magasaysay award-winning journalist P Sainath on Saturday tore into him for his claims that the farmers’ plight in Vidarbha is not as bad as it has been made out and said that the V-C was running a ‘rent-a-report’ service for the state government. As head of the one-man committee appointed by the state government to study the benefits of the Prime Minister’s relief […]

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