The Panjab Agriculture University study examined deaths by suicide among farmers between 2000 and 2018 in six districts of the state.
The crisis is well known and has been written about for decades now. Government intervention has taken place but little has changed.
Gazing across the pristine fields in the district of Sangrur in northern India, there was little indication families here were struggling.
Debts, poor rainfall and a failing crop was more than what farmer Jitendra Patidar, from Pandhaniya village in Madhya Pradesh, could face and he died by suicide. Other farmers in the region warn of the drought that looms large over the region.
A vicious debt cycle is forcing women in Maharashtra state’s Amravati to take their lives as agrarian crisis persists.
A study by the Ludhiana-based Punjab Agricultural University has said the agrarian crisis in the State has pushed the farm labourers towards low earnings and debt traps and has led them towards death by suicide. The study reveals that 7,303 labourers died by suicide during 2000–18.
Punjab government’s data states that 3,330 farmers have taken their lives due to farm debt since 2000 till date, of which 698 committed suicide in the past four years, most of them in the Malwa region.
Despite the centrality of agriculture in India, there is no standard measure of farmers’ distress. The most commonly cited measure is the number of suicides.
The couple drank pesticide after the eviction and were rushed to a hospital