Maharashtra has recorded 855 cases of farmer suicide from January to April this year. While the figure is alarming, it is 168 less in number than 1,023 cases registered during the same period in 2016.
“The answer to unfortunate instances of farmers’ suicides lies in improving their welfare,” union agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh informed the Rajya Sabha.
The centre has adopted a plan for enhancing farmer’s income to make farming more viable, he said adding that the government wants to produce more profits for farmers on a sustainable basis.
Singh’s colleague, Parshottam Rupala also answered on related questions of farmer suicides. He said that states have been told to analyze thoroughly the districts where farmer suicides were taking place and submit report to the ministry.
While talking about steps initiated by government to prevent farmer suicide, Rupala said the state is implementing a pilot project in Yavatmal and Osmanabad districts of Amravati and Aurangabad division. It has released funds to the tune of Rs 34.19 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 12.50 in 2016-17 to these districts for execution of the ‘Baliraja Chetana Abhiyan’, he said.