Farmers’ suicides highest in Maharashtra despite loan waiver, reform measures

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published Published on Oct 11, 2020   modified Modified on Oct 12, 2020

-The Indian Express

In 2017, then Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojna, a farm loan waiver of Rs 35,000 crore for 89 lakh farmers.

Mumbai: DESPITE various farmer welfare schemes, including a loan waiver in 2017, Maharashtra recorded 3,927 farmers’ suicide in 2019 — the highest in the country, which registered a total of 10,281 suicides in the farm sector last year, according to data released by NCRB.

“Maharashtra has been at the forefront, pushing agriculture reforms. The state had in 2006 enforced agricultural reforms, including contract farming, under the then Congress-NCP government. But, of the 1.56 crore farmers in the state, not more than 50,000 have, so far, taken up contract farming,” a senior official in the state Agriculture department said. The subsequent government, led by the BJP, too, had stressed group farming and extended financial incentives up to Rs 1 crore, the official added.

In 2017, then Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojna, a farm loan waiver of Rs 35,000 crore for 89 lakh farmers.

The NCRB data shows the number of farmers’ suicides in the state has remained higher than 3,500 in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019. NCRB has not recorded the numbers for 2017 and 2018, and has provided no reason for not doing so.

In 2016, 3,661 farm sector suicides were recorded by the bureau in Maharashtra out of a total number of 11,379 such suicides. The number for 2019, the next year for which data has been recorded, is an increase of 266.

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The Indian Express, 11 October, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/farmers-suicides-highest-in-maharashtra-despite-loan-waiver-reform-measures-6720184/


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