‘I Know Right Away Why Farmers Kill Themselves’

It is a familar story. As drought sinks in, together with the authorities realises the magnitude of the crisis, the focus straight off shifts to human suffering. For nearly iii months now, the authorities likewise every bit the media had measured the gathering drought merely inwards damage of reduction inwards GDP, together with the slump inwards agriculture growth. I got tired of answering questions nigh how much would last the autumn inwards gross domestic product from the impending drought. I know how hard it was to depict the media to the bigger even (as they tell inwards media parlance) of human suffering inwards the countryside.

Finally, the media has begun to verbalise nigh it. I think the media has straight off realised the gravity of the situation. I come across the shift. I am straight off asked nigh the human behaviour on of the grave tragedy that the farmers are faced with. Maybe it is because the media has to hold off for a novel angle. Whatever last it, the tragedy should last measured inwards damage of the human suffering rather than the gross domestic product spend upward or the gear upward dorsum to the FMCG sector which is non anymore every bit optimist every bit it used to last at the starting fourth dimension of the year. In fact, the other twenty-four hours when I was asked a query whether the drought would non hateful that the merchandise together with manufacture would non last able to sustain itself at times of economical meltdown since the purchasing ability of rural Republic of Republic of India is down, I replied that the addition side of drought is that the rural population have got been saved from the hawks inwards the trace concern sector who inwards whatever representative were looking to swoop on the countryside together with rob the pathetic of whatever they have got inwards their pockets.

Anyway, in that place is a moving even inwards the Indian Express: ‘I know straight off why farmers kill themselves’ (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-I-know-now-why-farmers-kill-themselves-/501050). Datelined Bhagalpur inwards Bihar, the study brings out how the farmers inwards the drought-hit parts of Bihar straight off come across together with empathize what makes farmers inwards Vidharba regions of Maharashtra accept to suicide. Another study inwards The Times of India tells us that the farmer suicides have begun inwards Andhra Pradesh. The study is reproduced below.

My colleague Dr G V Ramanjaneyulu from the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture inwards Hyderabad tells me that sixty farmers have got committed suicide in the calendar month of July. By Aug 10, closed to other sixteen had taken their lives. In Vidharba, Kishor Tiwari informs that 4 farmers have got taken their lives inwards the yesteryear i calendar week alone. That such a deadly drama continues to last enacted inwards the farms despite a pose out of committees together with relief measures speaks volumes nigh the criminal apathy that prevails alongside the urban elite together with the policy makers. The tragedy is that no i is cracking to come upward to grips with the reasons that Pb to this neverending saga of human suffering.

Drought fallout: Andhra farmer commits suicide
Roli Srivastava | TNN

Piskalgutta Tanda (Nizamabad), Aug 12: The dying paddy seedlings on Govind Nenawat’s farm Earth claimed his life final week. The 25-year-old debt-ridden Lambada tribal farmer committed suicide on August half dozen yesteryear hanging from a tree that stands tall inwards a deceptively greenish stretch of this hamlet inwards Gandhari mandal.

Nizamabad is alongside the fourteen districts inwards Andhra Pradesh that has received ‘deficit’ rainfall together with Piskalgutta tanda (meaning village) has non seen a drib this monsoon. Govind’s suicide is the firstly inwards this district. It’s never been every bit bad, tell villagers. They could scrape through fifty-fifty during the bad monsoon twelvemonth of 2003, when the 600-odd acres of farmland owned yesteryear this tanda’s farmers gave closed to yield. ‘‘But this twelvemonth is different. There is no rain,’’ says Badawat Devi Singh, a local farmer. Nenawat had got married final twelvemonth together with was fifty-fifty constructing his ain small-scale house. His wife, Radha, is 7 months pregnant. Over the yesteryear rainless month, Nenawat had increasingly popular off worried. With a debt of Rs 2 lakh on his caput that he raised for seeds, pesticides together with to build his house, he knew he couldn’t repay the loan this twelvemonth with his crops failing. ‘‘His two-acre agricultural Earth would have got given him a yield of anywhere betwixt Rs 25,000 together with Rs 40,000,’’ says Devi Singh, closed to other farmer.

The heavily-pregnant Radha straight off walks for over a mile every twenty-four hours to come across the tree her hubby hung himself from afterwards sharing with her that his debt was unmanageable. The 2 major crops, apart from paddy, grown yesteryear farmers hither are maize together with soya.