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Maharashtra saw 4,500 farmer suicides despite 2017 loan waiver -Radheshyam Jadhav

-The Hindu Business Line In the last 5 years, 14,034 ryots from the State — 8 a day — have killed themselves Pune: In the last five years (2014-18), Maharashtra saw 14,034 farmers — that’s eight a day — end their lives. In fact, over 4,500 committed suicide after the State announced a ?34,000-crore loan waiver in June 2017. This information on farmer-suicides over the last five years has come to light from a response by the Maharashtra Government to an RT

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Food security of farmers essential to check suicides -S Harpal Singh

If you ask Chate Gnaneshwar — from Emaikunta in Indervelli mandal of Adilabad district or other farmers who cultivate foodgrains for self-consumption like him — of a solution to control farmer suicides, he is most likely to point out towards ensuring food security for the poor agriculture community. “The distress brought upon by the failure of commercial crops like cotton and the volatility of markets can be by and large taken care

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

c domain. Today, they are no higher than in the population as a whole, and much lower than for high risk groups like married women. But it is hard to know what to make of this, since the causes of farmer suicides are not well understood. They are also likely to vary a great deal between different areas. Regional patterns, again, are hard to interpret, with high farmers’ suicide rates in well off states like Kerala and Maharashtra and much low

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'Where are the seeds?' -R Krithika

when the British began to use India as a source of raw cotton, a subsistence crop became a cash crop. “The reason for writing the book is to make those connections and give the context for the farmer suicides. It has a complex historical background, plus a contemporary account about policies, government interventions, lack of investment in the rural sector, privatisation of farming and more.” With two authors, the book went through mul

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P Sainath, acclaimed journalist and Founder-Editor of the People's Archive of Rural India, interviewed by Anuradha SenGupta (News18.com)

omic policy. * Anuradha SenGupta: In the winter session you also had the agriculture ministry or minister put forward the information that in the last two years there has been no data published on farmer suicides. So the last available data is up to 2015. It's shocking to me that what should be a tragic indicator of this phenomenon we don't even have that information anymore, to assess the crisis. How harmful has this been? P Sainath: Devastatin

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MSP was not 1.5 times the cost of production for most kharif crops during the last 6 agricultural years

period December, 2004 - October, 2006. After the first four reports, the final report prepared by the MS Swaminathan Commission concentrated on the causes behind agrarian distress and the increase in farmer suicides. The final report of the National Commission on Farmers recommended addressing these issues through a holistic national policy for farmers. The revised draft National Policy for Farmers, dated 4 October 2006 said that the twin goals of

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An attempt to understand and contextualise farmer suicides -MS Sriram

-Livemint.com Some perspectives on the issue seem to paper over the problem and get into comparisons There is much discourse on both the issue of agrarian distress and farmer suicides. However, there have been some arguments that seem to paper over the problem and get into comparisons—that the people who committed suicide just happened to be farmers; that they were not poor; that (as argued by Shamika Ravi of Brookings India) the suicide

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Why the farmer suicide debate is counter-productive to understanding India's agrarian crisis? -Roshan Kishore

-Hindustan Times In the discourse on agriculture, for instance, farmer suicides are cited as the biggest proof of the agrarian crisis in the country by a large section. India’s political economy discourse is often a prisoner of the dictum that when there is no theory, there is a conspiracy theory. Corruption, rather than an accentuated cyclical shock after the global financial crisis, combined with the poor governance structures in Ind

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Kerala's alternative to farm loan waivers has lessons for India -Nidheesh MK

-Livemint.com Thanks to the debt relief commission, 11,354 Kerala farmers have benefited from a disbursement of over ?11 crore, and there are no farmer suicides in the state Ernakulam/ Bengaluru: Back in 2006, Kerala came face to face with an explosive situation. Ironically in a state dominated by Communist politicians, farming was dominated by export-oriented cash crops such as rubber and pepper, prices of which had plunged in the global mark

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Farm suicide as an indicator of agrarian crisis should be used with caution

tress? Just like the way in which literacy rate (or say crime rate) in country A is compared to the literacy rate in country B in the standard literature, suicide mortality rate (SMR) of farmers viz. farmer suicides normalised by the population of farmers should be used for comparisons across states and different time points. In a research paper entitled farmer suicides in India: Trends across Major Sta

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