Breaking Down The Steep Increase In Farmer Suicides
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In 2014-15, India saw a 40 per cent increase in cases of farmers' suicide with Karnataka showing the steepest spike from 321 casesa in 2014 to over 1,300 in 2015.
According to government sources, a total of 5,650 farmers suicides were reported in 2014. The number rose to more than 8,000 in 2015.
Leading in the row is Maharashtra, which continues to witness the highest number of farmers suicides. It saw 18 per cent jump from 2,568 in 2014 to 3,030 in 2015.
Telangana was the second worst affected state with 898 farmers commiting suicide in 2014 and 1,350 in 2015. Telangana is followed by Karnataka. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have had some more than 100 suicides, whereas northern states of Bihar Jharkhand, West Bengal among others had zero suicides.
India was hit by two severe droughts in 2014 and 2015, with central India being the worst affected by the crisis. Farmers failed to recover from the previous drought because of insufficient rain in 2015.