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State to seek counseling for farmers over drought issue

Considering the number of suicide cases of farmers due to the drought situation in the state, the Maharashtra government is now going to provide counseling to farmers.

“We received 2,089 calls (from farmers identified to be suffering from depression) between October 2015 and March 31 this year, and 60 were (found) with suicidal tendencies. Our counsellors had long chats with them and explained what crops can be grown in a drought-prone region that does not require (much) water,” Nirja Banker, coordinator of the state health advice call centre operated from Pune.

The idea to get farmers suffering from depression to get counselling was sparked by a massive survey launched by the state government in October last year. In the last four months, the survey has identified 2.95 lakh farmers with significant health problems.



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