Heavy untimely rain in Vidarbha added fuel in Agrarian Distress claiming 6 more Farmer Suicide in last 48 Hours
Nagpur -2nd March 2015
Maharashtra 9 million drought hit farmers have been suffered big blow from both central Govt. and ‘Rain-God’ when union budget denied any relief at the price and debt front sudden very rainfall over last 48 hours has damaged standing ruby crop of wheat, pluses ,cotton and vegetables in 2 million hector adding fresh fuel in agrarian distress resulting six more debt-trapped Vidarbha farmers suicides two each from Wardha ,Yavatmal and Buldhan districts ,they are pankaj date from Dahegoan and Gunwan Girode from Alipur in Wardha,Vishwanath Siganchude from Bhansara in Yavatmal and Ramesh Rajane from Bijora in Yavatmal where as buldhana district farm victims are Gulasrao patil from Ghusar and Manoj Tatve from Mohtala ,Kishore Tiwari, president of the farmer advocacy group Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) informed in press release today .
Vidarbha has been witnessing suicides by farmers in the past due to debt, drought and crop failure. Maharashtra witnessed 1,160 farmers suicides in 2014. In 2015, it has already touched 126 hence we are demanding urgent the intervention of the Centre as he "has no faith in the unprofessional attitude" of the Maharashtra administration.
He pointed out that in Vidarbha, cotton farmers who were reeling under losses in the Kharif season had pinned hopes of recovery from the Rabi season. But with the unseasoned rain , they have been dealt a crippling blow.
He said farmers had suffered similar loses last year but the State's compensation smacked of apathy.
"You are paying Rs. 2,000 to a farmer who suffered loss worth Rs. 2 lakh, The government has not been able to secure even the Rs. 4, 000 crore aid package it asked from the Centre in November," Mr. Tiwari added.
Mr. Tiwari said that the BJP government had made Vidarbha farmers suicides a major election issue and had promised better cost and credit for farm produce. However, recent statements of ministers and officials reflect that they are deviating from their promises, he said.
Maharashtra government last year officially declared that 60 per cent of its villages were facing "severe drought" affecting almost 90 lakh farmers in the state. "23,811 of state's total 39,453 villages fall under this category after kharif crop was damaged," Mr. Tiwari said.
Maharashtra CM who is under severe attack from media and opposition, has planned visit to epicenter of Vidarbha farmer suicide tomorrow 3rd march to know real reasons of farmers suicides ,this is mockery of Vidarbha farmers and attempt to rub salt on the wound of the dying farmers who you failed to fulfilled main demand of farm loan waiver and raising minimum price of cotton and soybean ,such high profile political tourism has added further fuel in agrarian distress resulting in more farmers suicides ,tiwari warned .