Farmers Suicide In India

Megha Tyagi | 09-May-2017

Farmer: - A farmer is a person engaged in agriculture for sustaining their life doing some combination of activities for raising field crops, orchards, poultry, fisheries and livestock. A farmer may own land or work as labour on land owned by others.

Suicide: - The word Suicide originates from Latin word ‘suicidium’ which means to kill oneself. It is an act of intentionally causing one’s death.

Farmers Suicide In India

Why should talk about Farmers suicide?

- The agriculture sector has a pivotal role in Indian economy.

- Farmers provide livelihood to 60% of people

- The problem of food security.

- Farming is linked with earth, soil, biodiversity, and environment.

- The policy of liberalisation and globalisation results in price hike and input cost.

The Indian farming part has experienced different changes in the previous 10-15 years. India is an agrarian economy with just about 48.9% of the present populace depending specifically or by implication on the horticultural part. The agricultural economy contributed a significant 50-51% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the year 1954-55; be that as it may, the figures have dropped to a pitiful 13.94% in 2013-14. Farming is a standout amongst an essential mainstay of the Indian economy. Most of the Indian populace is liable to agribusiness for its subsistence. Since the beginning years of money related headway, it has been one of the essential drivers of advancement of the economy as it supplies a vital wellspring of rough materials to an extensive bit of the makers. In spite of the fact, that India is an agricultural nation, farmer’s suicides and farm related issues are widespread. This is basically because horticulture in India is reliant upon the notions of climate, especially monsoon. Rainfall is a noteworthy integral component for the yield and yield of crops consistently. Inadequacy in rainfall prompts dry spell; this is again one of the real explanations behind farmers suicides the nation over.

Maharashtra is India’s farm suicide epicentre

Over the recent 20 years, about 2,80,000 agriculturists have finished their lives by ingesting pesticides or by hanging themselves. Maharashtra state - with 60,000 rancher suicides - tops the rundown. Areas like the Vidharbha region of Maharashtra is extremely drought-prone and one of the highest recorded farmer suicides till date. Apart from drought, repayment of loans and interests taken for cultivating also derive mention.

As indicated by the information discharged by the National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB) in 2014, out of the aggregate suicides in India, about 4.3% were farmers. Maharashtra recorded the most elevated number of farmers’ passing which remained at 2568, trailed by 898 in the region of Telangana around the same time.

The state wellbeing division has enlisted 1,417 agriculturist suicides in 14 areas of Marathwada and Vidarbha from October 2015 to June this year. Two reviews since October a year ago likewise distinguished more than 1.27 lakh agriculturists with medical afflictions.

The rising cases had incited the Maharashtra wellbeing office to set up Prerana – An emotional well-being plan in 14 droughts influenced areas in Marathwada and Vidarbha. Since October a year ago, two overviews have distinguished more than 1.27 lakh ranchers with medicinal issues.

As indicated by National Crime Records Bureau's most recent agriculturist suicides information, of the more than 3,000 ranchers who carried out suicides the nation over in 2015 because of debt and bankruptcy, 2,474 had taken advances from banks or microfinance foundations.

Among states, Maharashtra (1,293) revealed the most extreme number of suicides because of "indebtedness", trailed by Karnataka (946) and Telangana (632). With 131 deaths, Telangana revealed the most astounding number of suicides by ranchers who took credits from moneylenders.

Thus, cultivation related issues, for example, crop failure constrained 769 ranchers to end their lives in Maharashtra, followed by 363 in Telangana, 153 in Andhra Pradesh and 122 in Karnataka. Family issues (933) and ailment (842) were other top reasons behind suicides among farmers in 2015, as indicated by NCRB information.

Suicide in Delhi: The suicide issue reached the capital New Delhi when a 41-year-old farmer from Dausa in Rajasthan hanged himself before more than a thousand people at a Kisan rally called by The Aam Admi Party to protest against the land acquisition Bill, in Jantar Mantar

In the prior minutes he hanged himself, Singh tossed down a note, written in Hindi, which said that he was 41 years of age, from Nangal Jhamarwara town in Dausa, had three kids, and had been thrown out of his home by his dad since his harvests had fizzled. "Give me an answer so I can return home," said the letter, finishing with, "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan."


Some Campaign groups guarantee the suicides have been created by sustenance theorists controlling grain costs, and GM organisations who are offering costly cotton seeds and composts. Globalisation and monopoly have constrained agriculturists to purchase GMO seeds, and since GMO crops have progressed toward becoming bug safe, the ranchers must choose the option to buy Monsanto's mainstream herbicide. What's truly irritating is that frequently time farmers submit suicide by drinking the bug spray sent to them by Monsanto. The high cost of GMO seeds, broad utilisation of herbicides and incredible lessening in harvest esteem have often left agriculturists bankrupt, and thus numerous ranchers are falling into the unending cycle of debt, sadness and misery, and they must choose the option to end their lives.

The causes of farmers’ suicides are natural, economic and social.

1) Natural

Monsoon failure, drought has decreased the production substantially.

2) Economic cause

 (i) Low productivity

(ii) Growing expenditure, exceptionally on purchased inputs

(iv) Challenges in advertising and showcasing perils

(v) Characteristic dangers brought about by dry spell

(vii) Inadmissible agribusiness credit

(viii) Collected burden of debt

3) Amongst the social causes are:

  (i) The drug abuse/ alcohol addiction.

  (ii) Extravagant expenditure on marriages, social reputation.

  (iii) Bad health and illness and inability to meet the necessary expenditure on medicine and health services.

Recent Government initiatives addressing farmer suicides:

1. 70% cut in Monsanto's Royalties: Monsanto offers BT Cotton seeds in India. Helps in diminishes seed cost + activities to create GM trims inside the nation.

2. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana: The primary concentration of PMKSY will be Micro-water system ventures ("Har Khet Ko Pani"). The plan will likewise give Rs 200 crore reserved as Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund (ATIF) which will give ranchers simple access to the business sectors available to be purchased for their delivery.

3. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana: The aim of this scheme is to get to 50% cover. The premium rate paid by the farmer is 2% for Kharif crops and 1.5% for Rabi crops.

4. Help to ranchers in Input Subsidy: PM Narendra Modi announced in 2015, that ranchers will now be qualified for info subsidy if 33% of their product has been harmed, instead of 50 percent or more, which was the rule till now.

5. Soil Health Card: Government issues soil cards to ranchers which convey proposals of supplements and manures required for the individual homesteads to help agriculturists to enhance profitability through legitimate utilisation of information sources.

Farmers are the backbone of Indian economy. Thus stringent efforts need to be made to ensure safety and security for farmers.

1) Viable water system offices ought to be given. Dribble and sprinkle water system ought to be promoted. Trenches ought to be incorporated to achieve profound with towns.

2) Utilising Information advances and electronic media (like DD Kisan channel) to spread mindfulness about government plans and rainstorm forecasts.

3) Expertise Development of ranchers, with the goal that they can create an elective source of Income. The government ought to start elective work era programs.

4) Land pooling, where terrains of little agriculturists can be pooled into a bigger piece, and advantages can be boosted.

5) Viable execution of different government plans like PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana (water system benefits) PM Fasal Beema Yojana (trim protection), Soil Health Card (instructing and illuminating ranchers about farm necessities)

6) Appointing counsellors and advisors in towns, who can opportune associate and speak with the agriculturists to comprehend their psychology.

"Give a man a fish; he will eat for a day yet show him how to fish. He will eat for whatever remains of his life". So goes the well-known saying, the instance of our Indian ranchers is like this, what they need is a way to manage for the duration of their lives without having the face the desperation that affliction drives them to. If India needs to sparkle, it is these ranchers that need to be empowered.

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About the Author
Megha Tyagi
She is a dreamer, a doer, a thinker. A graduate from Delhi University with Masters in Library & Information Science. A qualified Librarian. Writing is an escape for her from reality. Books are her best friend. Writing has been her first love and teaching is second.