Though there have been multiple loan waivers for farmers, the figures of suicide are growing in Maharashtra. But remember, India is fast progressing to achieve the trillion-dollar economy goal.
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The Marathwada region of Maharashtra reported 1,023 farmer suicides in 2022, up from 887 in the previous year. So far, 10,431 growers have ended their lives in the region’s eight districts since 2001, show figures from the divisional commissionerate. Between 2001 and 2010, the maximum 379 farmer suicides were reported in 2006. In the 2011-2020 decade, the highest number of farmer suicides at 1,133 was reported in 2015, the data showed. Out of the 10,431 farmers who ended their lives since 2001, 7,605 had received aid as per the government norms.
The region comprising Jalna, Aurangabad, Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded, Latur, Osmanabad and Beed districts had recorded one farmer suicide in 2001.
Over the past few years, the region has seen drought-like conditions in some years and excess rain in others, which has compounded the difficulties of crop growers. The irrigation network in the region is also not being used to its full capacity.
Earlier, most farmer suicides were reported between July and October but the pattern has changed. The numbers are growing between December and June.