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21 farmer suicides in 40 days so far.

In Environment, Food/Drink, Human Rights, India on August 15, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Official reports claim over 160,000 farmer suicides in the past decade. As the rain fails India this year, and many districts are already being declared drought zones, this news does not bode well.

Via TOI: It’s official. Even as Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy admitted there had been 20 suicides by farmers in the state in 40 days. Peddolla Nadipi Bhumanna hanged himself at home in Donchanda village of Morthad mandal late on Friday night. It’s learnt that the 55-year-old farmer, faced with crop failure, was driven to desperation because he was unable to clear his mounting debts. Most suicides in Andhra Pradesh have been reported from the arid regions of Telangana and Rayalaseema, where farmers are heavily dependent on rain.

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