Backed by Congress, farmers from Maharashtra stage protest against increasing farmer suicides

Vishal Malhotra

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New Delhi: Today, farmers from Maharashtra and many other states in collaboration with Congress have staged a protest against farmer suicides. They have made several demands from the Govt, including subsidy for farmers, discount on agricultural loans and removing other burdens that farmers face.

It is sad but true that the cases of farmer suicides in India have increased over the years. There are a number of reasons that contribute to it. These include the erratic weather conditions, debt burden, family issues and change in government policies among others.

Several farmers in India commit suicide each year. The National Crime Records Bureau of India has reported that the cases of farmer suicides in the country are higher than that in any other occupation. The cases in the state of Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are comparatively higher.

The cases of farmer suicides in India, just like many other countries, are far higher in comparison to that in other occupations. Statistics reveal that 11.2% of the total suicides in the country are farmer suicides. A number of factors contribute towards farmer suicides in India.

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