AURANGABAD: With the worsening drought situation in the region, farmer suicides continue unabated this year. About 300 farmers have taken their lives since January this year.
The highest number (83) of farmer suicides has been reported from Beed district, followed by Nanded with 55 deaths and Osmanabad with 50 cases. Last year, a total of 569 farmers in the region had taken their lives.
Osmanabad is one of the two districts selected by the state government to study the cause of farmer suicides and suggest measures to curb the phenomenon. A team of top IAS officials has been specially deputed in Osmanabad and Yavatmal to study farmer suicides and suggest steps to be taken.
Beed district collector Naval Kishor Ram said, “In 2001, cultivation of theCASH crop of cotton brought many changes in rural economy. It has very high input costs. If there is a good harvest, the farmers earn good returns. However, if the crop fails, the farmers suffer huge losses and at times it becomes unbearable for them.
He added that though only 23% soil is conducive for cotton cultivation, majority of the farmers are still opting for it.
StateREVENUE minister Eknath Khadse on Monday said he had sought an explanation from chief secretary regarding the alleged under-reporting of farmer suicide cases in the state to the Centre. “I have asked the chief secretary to find out how incorrect information was sent to the Centre. Instructions have been issued that such incidents should not recur,” he said
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