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Farmers' Suicide Dictated Her Marriage, and Now Drives Her to Fight an Election -Kabir Agarwal Veerpal Kaur, who lost her father and then husband to the growing spate of farmer suicides in Punjab, says neither the SAD-BJP alliance nor the Congress is addressing the issue. Dharamvir Singh was being considered, one thing played in their favour – both the bride and groom had lost their fathers, both farmers, to suicide. Kaur’s father drank poison in 1995 and Singh’s hanged himself in 1990. “That was w

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With growing debt and farmer suicides, agrarian crisis in India on the rise

-The New Indian Express As polling season concludes across the country, The Sunday Standard puts an ear to the ground and listens in to the expectations that India has from its next government NEW DELHI: Agrarian irony cries out in Punjab, the food bowl of the country, with farmers’ indebtedness only growing in recent years.    The agrarian irony is marked by overproduction in the face of inadequate price, with lopsided institutional credit, leaving farmers at the merc

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How a rural distress helpline in Telangana is preventing farmer suicides -Priyanka Richi

ed? Telangana is one of the states worst hit by the agrarian crisis. Thousands of farmers have killed themselves  since the inception of Telangana and the state stands second when it comes to farmer suicides in the country. So what exactly is worrying the farmers in the state? Harsha, one of the founder members of the organisation, tells TNM that it’s the lack of proper implementation of schemes that is drowning the farmers in the sta

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The problem with cherry-picking data -Arun Kumar

ng farm produce prices and rising input costs. This got aggravated by demonetisation, with cash shortages in rural areas compelling farmers to sell at lower prices to the traders to get cash. Data on farmer suicides have not been released on schedule even though the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) collects them annually. The government has implicitly admitted that there is a crisis in the farming and unorganised sectors, and due to that in emp

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (

nd rural communities. In this interview conducted at MSSRF, Chennai, Swaminathan, 93, speaks on a range of issues — including the Green Revolution, the current state of agriculture in India, farmer suicides, minimum support price (MSP), agriculture and government policy, etc. Edited excerpts: * Your father was a medical doctor and you got an opportunity to pursue a career in medicine too. Later you qualified for the Indian Police Service.

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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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