A resident of village Manoli, Ramu Shende, 37, killed himself in the morning whereas Sanjay Mahurle, a resident of Dorali reportedly consumed pesticide. He was rushed to Govt. Medical College Yavatmal where he was declared dead. A pall of gloom descended on all these villages as the news of the suicides spread.
“The recent announcement of Rs778 crore as aid for drought-hit farmers in Maharashtra from the National Disaster Response Fund didn’t mention the drought-induced crop loss faced by five million plus debt-trapped farmers of Vidarbha. This has left many shocked,” Tiwari said.
On an average, three farmers end their lives every 24 hours. The government figures show that more than 9,000 dry land farmers have killed themselves due to crop failure and economic losses due to cotton price.
“The government drive to push GM cotton in order to benefit one bio-tech MNC has only cruelly compounded the problems faced by farmers due to vagaries of climate since 2005 pushing many towards ending lives, lamented Tiwari.