Farmer suicides up 40 per cent in a year, Karnataka shows sharpest spike

Maharashtra, according to sources, continues to witness the highest number of farmer suicides. The state saw an 18 per cent jump between 2014 and 2015 — from 2,568 to 3,030.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: August 19, 2016 2:38 am
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FARMER suicides in the country spiked by over 40 per cent between 2014 and 2015. While 2014 saw 5,650 farmer suicides, the figure crossed 8,000 in 2015, government sources told The Indian Express.

Maharashtra, according to sources, continues to witness the highest number of farmer suicides. The state saw an 18 per cent jump between 2014 and 2015 — from 2,568 to 3,030. Telangana, which came in at second place in 2015, recorded over 1,350 farmer suicides, up from 898 in

But the state that registered the sharpest jump is Karnataka — from 321 in 2014 to more than 1,300 in 2015, the third-highest among all states.

Other states that saw more than 100 farmer suicides in 2015 are Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, sources said.

Some states, such as Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and some Northeastern states, did not witness any farmer suicides.

The country witnessed two straight years of severe drought in 2014 and 2015, with central Indian states the worst-hit. Official sources said the agrarian crisis was worsened due to deficient rain continuing in 2015 as farmers suffering from the previous drought could not recover.

In Maharashtra, the worst-affected state, Marathwada region faced drought in both years. In the first four months of 2016, according to government sources, the region recorded more than 400 farmer suicides. As reported by The Indian Express earlier, in 2015, the total number of suicides in all eight districts of Marathwada stood at 1,130 — roughly three suicides a day.

The dependence of farmers in Marathwada on water-guzzling cash crops such as sugarcane has been cited as one of the reasons for the distress, and both the state government and the Centre have urged farmers to switch to food crops.

In Karnataka, too, drought played havoc, with as many as 140 of 176 taluks in the state being declared drought-hit by the government in 2015. That, plus mounting debts and increased compensation to the next of kin of farmers who commit suicide have been cited as reasons for the spike in suicide rate in the state, sources said.

With a normal monsoon in 2016, the government hopes the number of farmer suicides would come down this year.

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    indian
    Aug 19, 2016 at 4:21 am
    Will Mr. Rahul hi visit Karnataka which is ruled by his party? Or does he only have sympathy for farmers when they are ruled by another political party?
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      Himanshu
      Nov 23, 2016 at 11:54 am
      still maharastra on top. gujarat is also leasing
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        Arun
        Aug 19, 2016 at 5:07 am
        India has developed under MOdi's leadership. Bharat Mata Ki Jai
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          Aman chauhan
          Aug 19, 2016 at 7:32 am
          To understand these suicides one has to understand the plight of our farmers. Majority of our agriculture depends on rain, meagre and costly irrigation facilities, erratic monsoon, lack of timely MSP intervention,delaying payment of MNREGA wages,poor rural infrastructure which causes the farmer to see his produce nearby at low prices .Majority of MNREGA workers are farmers with small fragmented land holdings,so timely payment will do a world of good to them.Financial inclusion of these marginal farmers will help but it has to be ensured that money lent to such farmers is not retrieved coercively. Major portion of krishi kalyan cess should be used in areas on brink of drought.like banks have there mobile correspondents,we need agri correspondents who are always in touch with farmers in distress and communicate about there needs to higher officials.
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            Gopikanta Ghosh
            Aug 25, 2016 at 10:28 am
            Alarming
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              Gopikanta Ghosh
              Aug 25, 2016 at 10:26 am
              This is outcome of so called 'Sab ka sath sab ka Vikash'. Shame
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                George Cruz
                Aug 19, 2016 at 4:55 am
                No neither Rahul hi or Digvijay Singh would visit these farmers in Karnataka because they know that their corrupt congress party is mainly responsible for the farmers plight in Karnataka. This is the legacy of the corrupt/communal rule for the last 65 years. The congress party's "Gharibi Hatao" program was a big scam and has left million more poor farmers across the country. Moreover today's communal disharmony and intolerance is the result of the communal congress party's divide/rule based on the religion/caste.
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                  Legal
                  Aug 19, 2016 at 2:30 am
                  Every state in India should follow the Sikkim example by banning CHEMICAL FARMING and compulsorily implementing COW BASED ORGANIC FARMING. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Till we adopt COW BASED ORGANIC FARMING fully, FARMERS' suicides will continuelt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Till we adopt COW BASED ORGANIC FARMING fully, there will alarming increase in dreaded diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart diseases
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