Three more Vidarbha Farmers Suicides reported on the eve of “Diwali”
Nagpur-11th November 2012
The gloom and despair causing deep distress resulting in the spiral of debt trapped farmers suicides once again started as three more farmers suicides reported in vidarbha on the eve of “Diwali” festival which has started today with “Dhan-Teras” as main cash crop Bt.cotton in 4.2 million hector coupled with soybean in 1.8 million hector reported failed due to erratic rain and pest attack third year in row ,recent victim of agrarian crisis are
1.Champat Shendre of village Junapani in Wardha
2.Vasant Rathode of village Kinhala in Yavatmal
3.Mangesh More of village Virud in Chandrapur
Taking toll to 624 in year 2012 as per documentation done by Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti , convener Kishore Tiwari informed a press note.
“This year cultivation cost has almost double due unusual rise in prices of seed, fertilizer, pesticide and labour rate where as market prices of cash crop like cotton and soybean are being traded much lower than last year price and till date there is no intervention from the Govt. for procurement of these crop @ MSP even ministers announced but there is no set up for the same forcing farmers to offload crop at throw away price resulting in heavy financial losses where as per official report there is massive crop failure in the dry land region of vidarbha particularly rain sensitive crop like Bt.cotton and farmer’s needs another bailout healing touch in the are of credit restoration ,provisioning for next year cultivation and arrangement of food and health security to all debt trapped distressed families of vidarbha .MGREGS work has been completely stopped due to massive corruption of political leaders and babus hence farmers should be given direct employment under MGNREGS to work of their own field for water conservation, land surfacing ,soil quality improvement and sustainable crop management and education for socio-economic system restoration of vidarbha which has created lot social engineering problems due to on going despair distress hence we demand integrated solution much more complex agrarian crisis which unsolved since 2001 by changing policies and promotion wrong technology at one end and providing alternative solutions at ground level to stop this mass genocide of innocent vidarbha farmers” Tiwari added.
“The main focus of all political parties and civil society has been shifted from very serious issue of rural India and farmer suicide and agenda of 2014 national election is also getting shifted from the core issue India’s Agrarian crisis which has made rural economy venerable that is only reason even farmers are killing themselves all pillars of Indian democracy are keeping salient which is most unfortunate, we want urgent intervention hence this appeal” Tiwari added.