32 years after first farmer suicide in Maharashtra, 'nothing has changed' -Radheshyam Jadhav

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published Published on Mar 20, 2019   modified Modified on Mar 20, 2019
-The Hindu Business Line

Farmers observe fast to ‘denounce apathy’ to agrarian crisis

Pune: Thousands of farmers and activists in Maharashtra observed a day-long fast on Tuesday to commemorate the suicide of Sahebrao Karpe, the first farmer to end his life in the State, and to denounce what they called the government’s apathy towards the agrarian crisis.

Karpe, a farmer from drought-prone Yavatmal district of Maharashtra, committed suicide along with his wife and four children on March 19, 1986. A suicide note he left behind said, “ It is impossible to survive as a farmer.”

Tragic trigger

Karpe had mixed rat killer zinc phosphate in food and served it to his family before consuming it himself. The event triggered a spate of farmer suicides in Maharashtra. Karpe’s suicide was the first documented farmer suicide in the State and today Maharashtra is known as a farmer suicide zone.

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The Hindu Business Line, 19 March, 2019, https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/32-years-after-first-farmer-suicide-in-maharashtra-nothing-has-changed/article26583162.ece

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