Farmer suicide rate sees marginal decline in 2018, concerns remain -Sharan Poovanna & Shaswati Das
* 10,349 farmers and agricultural labourers killed themselves in 2018 compared with 10,655 in the previous year
* In 2015, the government published elaborate data on farmer suicides, including reasons for suicides
BENGALURU/ NEW DELHI: A total of 10,349 farmers and agricultural labourers committed suicide in 2018, a marginal dip from the 10,655 cases in the year before, home ministry data showed.
According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data on accidental deaths and suicides, 5,763 farmers/cultivators and 4,586 agricultural labourers committed suicide in 2018. The suicide rate in the deeply stressed agrarian sector accounted for 7.7% of the total 134,516 suicides in the country.
“Out of 5,763 farmer/cultivator suicides, a total of 5,457 were male and 306 were female during 2018. Out of 4,586 suicides committed by agricultural labourers during 2018, 4,071 were male and 515 were female," the report added.
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