Farmers’ suicides in India

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Democracy

Data on farmers and intro on issues with agriculture in India #JaiKisan

Here are some points that give a broad overview of farmers in India as statistics and other data based information. How many farmers are there in India? Depends on what you call farmers. There are cultivators and there are agricultural labour. The data over the years is as follows. Year Cultivators (in million) Agricultural labourers […]

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JaiKisan describes the challenges faced by Indian farmers
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Why a tag like #JaiKisan is necessary

A Twitter tag #JaiKisan is attempting to educate Indians on the realities and conditions of farmers in India. Farmers produce the country’s food. They purchase inputs at retail prices, sell produce at wholesale prices. Unlike a lot of products, farm produce is relatively short lived and takes a long time to grow. A crash in prices basically […]

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Extortion of inflated loans from farmers during #demonetisation

The Osmanabad District Cooperative Bank Ltd, has started sending notices to farmers with outstanding loans asking them to repay the loans or the bank would take socially humiliating measures against them. So far over 30 farmers in Nagur alone have received these notices; in the Lohara taluka, over 1000 farmers. The notices are dated 14th October 2016, however the farmers claim that they received them on the 23rd November 2016 (the notices are likely backdated, essentially rendering the one month notice meaningless). The farmers have been informed that unless the loans are repaid, they will begin to face recovery process in December.

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Multiple loans and a long summer ahead

Sheela Rathod was the first to consume a bottle of weedicide in their home. An hour later, as she was being rushed to a government hospital, her husband Mohan, consumed the second bottle. In a span of two hours on December 19, 2015, the husband and wife farmers of 4 acres in their mid-40s lay […]

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State governments fudged NCRB data
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Politics & Political Commentary

Fudging NCRB Data #infographic

The ways in which state governments have misrepresented farmer suicides in the NCRB data and the NCRB published manipulated data without audit.

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