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Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

Kalli, wife of Basant lal, at her residence after attending her husband's last rites   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

The Kisan Credit Card allows a loan of up to Rs 1 lakh without a farmer having to mortgage his land. But many banks still demand land as collateral. Basant Lal's son shows his father's Kisan Credit Card, which was used to avail a loan of less than Rs 1 lakh. Lal was asked to mortgage his land. Fearing he would lose land, Lal killed himself   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

The government is delaying the process of procurement, which is forcing the farmers to sell their produce at throwaway rates to private traders   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

There is no work at the government procurement centres; officials claim gunny bags are in short supply   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

Relatives mourn the death of Harnarayan Chaurasiya who hung himself from a tree in his farm after he was unable to pay accumulated debts   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

Harnarayan Chaurasiya's six-year-old son has not spoken a word since his father passed away   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

Body of BhubSingh Khushwa being taken for cremation. He reportedly committed suicide as he could not repay his loans amounting to Rs 25,000. The government did not buy his wheat produce. His wait seemed endless   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

UP has recorded a bumper crop this year. But most of the farmers are still in debt because the government is not purchasing their stocks. Jasoda Bal of Mahoba village may eventually have to sell her wheat harvest cheap to a private trader   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

The mortuary at Orai in southern Uttar Pradesh regularly receives bodies of farmers of Bundelkhand region, who are driven to suicide by debts. The state government has made no effort to address farmers' grievances   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri
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