Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Odisha Farmer Suicide Clock - 2017 from WIO: 3rd Death

Bulu Reddy, a farmer from Ganjam district's Chikrada committed suicide on 13th March due to crop loss.  Ganjam is the Odisha Chief Minister's constituency. 

As per available reports, he took his life on 10th March owing to crop loss.  He had borrowed an amount of 1 lakh rupees (source of borrowing not known as of now) for tomato and chilly cultivation.  He got a good production of tomato but the rate for the product had crashed in the market, forcing him not to harvest it but let it die in the field.  He consumed pesticide and died.

While the government officials, as in other cases, have been trying to find reasons for the suicide and would surely come up with a false and funny reason (something other than crop loss and debt burden), the fact remains that farmers are dying due to governmental apathy.  Both the state and central governments have perpetually failed our farmers.

Ranjan Panda
Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO)
Combat Climate Change Network, India


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