Over 400 farmers have committed suicide in Telangana since its formation

National Human Rights Commission has sought report from the state

 
By M Suchitra
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

Farmers’ agitation in Medak district against erratic power supply on August 4, 2014

The K Chandrasekhar Rao government in Telangana seems to have failed to deliver on its promise of reforming the crisis-ridden farm sector in the state. Unofficial figures suggest that more than 400 farmers have committed suicide in the past six months.

Telangana, the youngest state in the country, came into existence on June 2 this year. Rao and other leaders of his party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), had highlighted farmers' distress as a major cause behind their demand for a separate state. They had also promised to address this concern while campaigning for the state’s first Legislative Assembly elections held in April this year.

"But nothing has changed. Every day, three to four farmers end their lives in different parts of the state due to extreme distress," says Asha Latha, state president of Hyderabad-based Rythu Swarajya Vedika which works for sustainable livelihood for agricultural communities. The state government is turning a blind eye towards the plight of farmers while it blames the anti-farmer policies of the previous Congress governments at the Centre and in undivided Andhra Pradesh, she adds.

Between June 2 and November 26 this year, 430 farmers have killed themselves, according to data compiled by Vedika and other organisations. The Telangana government has asked district collectors to send the list of farmers who have committed suicide in the past six months. "They have recognised only 76 suicides while we have data for 430 suicides with dates, names and villages," says Asha Latha.

Failure of the state’s agricultural policy

Most of Telangana’s agricultural land is still rain-fed. It lacks adequate irrigation facilities in comparison to coastal Andhra Pradesh which has an efficient irrigation network. With a delayed and deficient monsoon, farmers in Telangana have to depend on borewells. But the government doesn’t offer institutional credit for digging borewells and activists say farmers are forced to borrow from private money lenders at exorbitant interest rates.

Farmers’ organisations point out that there are around 2 million functional borewells in Telangana. With Rs 60,000 as the average cost of setting up one borewell, farmers in Telangana have invested Rs 12,000 crore on borewell irrigation. Farmers, however, do not receive sufficient power supply from the state. Of the seven hours of free power promised by the government, farmers receive only two to three hours of electricity to run the wells. Additionally, for every functional borewell, there are two to three failed borewells. These reasons cause farmers to fall into debt traps.

The lack of fresh bank loans in the monsoon crop season has also pushed farmers to despair. Loan waiver promised by major political parties, including the TRS, is the major reason why banks are not granting fresh loans to farmers. (Read “Deadly promise”)

Farmers demand the state should waive institutional as well as private loans taken for cultivation and for digging borewells.

P Srihari Rao, president of Telangana Rythu Rakshana Samithi, an organisation that supports farmers, says 26,000 farmers have committed suicide in Telangana in the last 20 years. In the last 4 to 5 years, around 1,000 farmers ended their lives each year.
 
"Since January this year, around 900 farmers have taken their lives. The main reason for these suicides is the anti-farmer policy of the Centre as well as the state. Pushing farmers into deep distress and financial crisis and forcing them to commit suicide amounts to murder," says Srihari, who has filed a public interest petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court seeking help for the families of farmers who have committed suicide. The Centre and the state should come together and make plans to rehabilitate such families, he says.

Telangana government mum on notice issued by NHRC

Protestors clash with police during the agitation on August 4, 2014

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took suo motu cognizance of media reports on farmers’ suicides in Telangana and issued a notice to the state government on November 25, seeking a report on farmers' suicides within two weeks. The state government has not responded to the notice yet.
Continuing suicides point to a violation of human rights of the farmers, observes the commission. In a press release, the commission says that while the state government had announced a loan waiver for farmers, it stated that the scheme would cover only institutional loans and not those from non-institutional sources, in an order issued on August 13, 2014.

Non-profits, farmers' organisations and political parties have, meanwhile, started campaigning to prevent suicides among farmers. They are organising village- and block-level meetings as part of efforts to build confidence among those who are distressed.

Opposition parties like Congress and Telugu Desam Party, which saw a high number of farmers’ suicides during their rule, have taken up the issue now. Both parties are protesting against the suicides in an effort to bring down the TRS government.

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  • After bifurcation of the

    After bifurcation of the state the government put more thrust on real estate and forgotten the people. Even before bifurcation we cautioned the leaders that it create problems in water and energy sector. The water sector may create war like situation. At that time the leaders responded that they will not be any such problems and if any we will solve them amicably. But what is happening now is war of words to divert the peoplesÔÇÖ attention from the problems.

    We told them that though the area of Telengana and population constitute around 42% of the AP state [before bifurcation] but power is used more than 65-70% of free power. As a result the share of power consumption by Telangana state was around 54% [now they are claiming the power should be distributed in this ration]. To put the blame on the other side they started war on words instead of looking for power from other sources to save crops under well/bore-wells irrigation. When we suggested growing less water intensive crops; & following micro-irrigation practices; under the lift irrigation system to minimize power problem and groundwater problem, they virtually abused the suggestion but the same people are now suggesting the same. Even with the Chevella ÔÇô Pranahita project, they told to media we donÔÇÖt want this project as this yields 16 TMC of water only and not 160 TMC but now they are eager to implement it and building tanks to store 50 TMC but at the same time wants destroy the two drinking water- reservoirs in Hyderabad for real estate business.
    About farmersÔÇÖ suicides ÔÇô they got separate state on the promise to protect farmersÔÇÖ interests and peoplesÔÇÖ interest but they are protecting real estate interests. They are planning to bring three crore people in to Hyderabad ÔÇô around 80-85% of Telangana will be living in Hyderabad. The agriculture will be put in to the hands of corporate ÔÇô he showed a media that he is getting around one crore profit per acre. So, the farmers and farm labour will be used as construction labour. ÔÇô government is planning to de-silt Hussainsagar lake filled with silt upto a depth of 30feet spread over more than 1000 acres; and planned to build 60 to 1000 story skyscrapers of around 40 in number. This is planned in highly congested zone. The government is planning to build several projects like pharma city, tourism hub, etc in thousands of acres lands. All these require lakhs of labour force.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

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  • National Human Rights

    National Human Rights Commission has sought report from the Telangana State to explain 400 farmer Suicides in last 6 months of its Govt. It is matter of concern from two vantage points.

    1) Agrarian Crisis and our reaction to it.
    2) Busting the reason behind the NHRC letter to TRS Govt.

    The last four para of the same report says

    "The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took suo motu cognizance of media reports on farmersÔÇÖ suicides in Telangana and issued a notice to the state government on November 25, seeking a report on farmers' suicides within two weeks. The state government has not responded to the notice yet.

    Continuing suicides point to a violation of human rights of the farmers, observes the commission. In a press release, the commission says that while the state government had announced a loan waiver for farmers, it stated that the scheme would cover only institutional loans and not those from non-institutional sources, in an order issued on August 13, 2014.

    Non-profits, farmers' organisations and political parties have, meanwhile, started campaigning to prevent suicides among farmers. They are organising village- and block-level meetings as part of efforts to build confidence among those who are distressed.

    Opposition parties like Congress and Telugu Desam Party, which saw a high number of farmersÔÇÖ suicides during their rule, have taken up the issue now. Both parties are protesting against the suicides in an effort to bring down the TRS government."

    True there are Anti-Telangana Parties trying to bring down the Govt when at present, we have just embarked on the path to correct wrongs imposed on us since a long time. Media knows that Telangana is a State got from Statewide Agitation. And that is why they are now again trying to agitate people through a robotic daily dose of bad news so we do not let the few Govt officers to work as they should. Instead they are writing letters to Central Govt asking for Resource Allocation or address the Power Distribution issues. Incidentally the same power shortage created by AP Govt for Telangana was used as cause for agitation in Medak District, KCR's constituency. Its politically designed. We all know that. But what is sad is we did not see the malicious intent beforehand to prevent it. And yet as we fight the daily nuisance of Naidu sponsored media, we cannot but feel helpless at the number of issues we have at hand to tackle.

    While, Farmer Suicides is a dear subject to me, as it has always affected me deeply. Any news of a person committing suicide by consuming poison is not a good news. But there is always a story behind it to explain. However, in any light you want to see, I cannot help judging that a suicide is a cowardly act when leaving behind a hapless family. Its plain abandonment. My grandfather on maternal side committed suicide. We hail from Padmashali community. Weaver Caste. And my grandfather did own a small textile karkhana (as they called it). Handloom cloth business. He was honest. He was hard-working man. And yet, his son's over ambitious switch to different money making schemes ignoring the traditional business, those debts that his son made, pushed him to a bankrupt state. And with an overall depression sinking in because of his son and his inability to withstand the inevitable social ignominy, he decided to end his life. My grandmother and her daughters (my mother including), they praise my grandfather for taking good care of them. But none of these successful, fierce spirited women will forgive him for the suicide he committed. It is never a solution. How my grandmother took care of the family left behind is another story for some other time.

    So what was the issue here ? Financial troubles. Seems Telangana has good deal of genetic material where men commit suicide. But is that the only reality ? Is it not the case every where else ? In my own genes, I have another genetic trait inherited from my paternal grandfather. A resilient type, a survivor and a compassionate kind. He too had financial problems in his business. He too had handlooms and business to take care. But sons, if profligate and not intelligent, hard earned money can be wasted. Anyways, his story was that, when he felt indebted and overwhelmed at his inability to repay back Re.1 loan in those days, that ignominy to be expected off as a defaulter; was so overwhelming to him, that he left behind his family and went to Kagazhnagar Forests in Adilabad region. There he found employment, worked as accountant. Became a trusted and righthand for his employer. He had called his wife and one of his young sons there. He made money. Then he came back to his native place, returned his loan amount to his creditors. Not only that, he gave in charity to his local community from the savings of his new occupation. Eventually he returned back to his own native place.

    Point is suicide is a problem. But also the point is that suicide is not the solution. We should have a psychological understanding of our community and men to address the suicide problem and particularly in context of what I started with Farmers Suicide in Telangana.


    So what are the problems faced by Telangana Farmers ?

    Like any farmer of India, we too have same problem. High input costs with no yields or not enough supporting Trade prices for their farm output. And add to that the apathy of Govt Machinery to educate the farmers and the lethargy of the farmers themselves to understand and ask and question authorities of what they need. They let themselves get exploited in all of this. So what are the ills affecting Telangana Farmers ?

    The Baggage of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh Govt, that pushed them more and more into landlessness, dry lands without water, and Farmers forced to buy high cost seeds like the Hybrid or GM seeds. Tell me, is there a GM Seed Trial test allowed in Andhra region in the past ? How come Telangana was the first state to get chosen for BT Cotton trials by Monsanto? So was it not Govt apathy in protecting its farmers ? Today, GM seeds of BT cotton seeds is what is the primary reason of increased suicides in the state of Telangana. Then if our farmers know it why, they cannot get away from GM seeds. And as we start understanding the issues, we see there is a need for grass root activism from the educated and liberated Telangana Free Minds to take care of our farming community, to protect them from profit mongering corporates and politicians likewise. They need to question for their rights from their local Mandal Officers.
    Today, I request from my online Telangana friends to support me to help our farmers and our state from the plight we have been pushed into. It is our collective responsibility to find solutions for our own problems and we fight like we fought for our state. I am listing the issues here.

    We are drought-prone area. Depending only on Monsoon Rains. Traditionally our rulers before India's Independence understood that problem and hence they had built ponds, tanks, Lakes to store waters. I grew up seeing Madikonda Cheruvu (lake) when young. It was full of water then. And the story was about how the community was maintaining it with all classes of people participating in cleaning and maintenance of it. Not just farmers who need water for their fields. Water is needed by everyone. And this is where, erstwhile AP Govt had done the most damage to Telangana. Its neglect and immoral governance has led to ponds, tank and lake lands being encroached, dried up and also River Krishna and Godavari waters never reaching Telangana lands. All Irrigation Projects from 60 years, we can see what it has done for us. Now Telangana Govt has taken up Mission Kakatiya and started its restoration of Water Bodies of Telangana.

    But that is not the only area that can take care of Farmer Suicides. We will have to pay attention to these matters.
    1) Telangana Farmers cannot be exploited for GM Field Trials. They cannot be lied to and in the promise of showing returns in high yields, they cannot be pushed to Debt Trap because of the vicious cycle that GM seeds puts every small farmer out there in the world. Lets find out, who promotes these costly seeds to these gullible farmers.

    2) Efficient Meterological News Dissemination.

    3) Teaching Farmers about getting away from water requiring crops and going for crops that need less water. Bring back traditional methods of crop rotations, multiple cropping for better sustainability.

    4) More awareness on grass root level corruption. For ex: if suicide happens, the Mandal officers should come and make note. Likewise, Central Govt's NABARD has schemes for distributing land to landless farmers. It is the responsibility of Mandal Officers to make that list and have NABARD get implemented. This is Central Govt scheme but State Govt has to cooperate and get the scheme executed and follow it up for successful implementation of it for the benefit of its farmers.

    5) PDS. This is a big issue. Traditional Telangana climate supported crops are not supported by PDS. We from Telangana should lobby hard for crops and grains that allow our farmers to sustain. We should lobby against crops and grains that are the mischief makers leading our farmers to Debt Traps.

    6) PDS, Minimum Support Price for Farmers and Warehousing Facities. These are more or less Central Govt initiatives, but they greatly affect our farmers too. Are we then part of International Independent Farmer Supporting Movements and Organizations. Just depending on Govt without other self-help groups is not going to be beneficial. Community awareness should be grown for not only Telangana Farmers, but to each and every Telanganite.

    5) Whatever the TRS Govt is doing presently, it is good. But we should promote Farmer related matters to get their due attention. Money is not what gives you life. Sustainability of Job at hand is what gives us life.

    Shridevi Gaddam

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  • Gaddam Sridevi observed ÔÇ£We

    Gaddam Sridevi observed ÔÇ£We are drought-prone area. Depending only on Monsoon Rains. Traditionally our rulers before India's Independence understood that problem and hence they had built ponds, tanks, Lakes to store waters. --- And the story was about how the community was maintaining it with all classes of people participating in cleaning and maintenance of it. Not just farmers who need water for their fields. Water is needed by everyone. Its neglect and immoral governance has led to ponds, tank and lake lands being encroached, dried up and also River Krishna and Godavari waters never reaching Telangana lands. All Irrigation Projects from 60 years, we can see what it has done for us. Now Telangana Govt has taken up Mission Kakatiya and started its restoration of Water Bodies of Telangana.ÔÇØ This is the story for the entire country including Seemandhra why blame AP Govt. Unfortunately some think tank group are using the media for mis-information campaign. See below:

    I brought out a book ÔÇ£Andhra Pradesh agriculture: Scenario of the last four decadesÔÇØ. In July 2000 and ÔÇ£Agriculture & EnvironmentÔÇØ in January 2007; and recently presented a keynote talk on Water logging and water productivity in agricultureÔÇØ. From these books, let me present few facts:

    Tank irrigation:

    Under tank irrigation: India & AP
    Year -- India [%/mha] -- AP [%/lha]
    1960-61 -- 18.50/04.56 -- 39.57/11.51
    1999-00 -- 05.18/02.94 -- 14.85/06.51
    Under tank irrigation in the three regions of AP[area in lakh ha]
    Year -- CA -- R ÔÇô T -- Total .
    1955-56 -- 4.56 -- 1.70 -- 4.44 -- 10.68
    1999-00 -- 3.79 -- 0.44 -- 2.28 -- 06.51
    Reduction -- 0.77 -- 1.26 -- 2.16

    Well irrigation:

    Under well irrigation: India & AP
    Year -- India [%/mha] -- AP [%/lha]
    1960-61 ÔÇô 29.56/07.29 ÔÇô 11.31/03.28
    1999-00 ÔÇô 57.81/24.70 ÔÇô 43.34/19.00
    Under well irrigation in the three regions of AP[area in lakh ha]
    Year -- CA -- R ÔÇô T --Total .
    1955-56 ÔÇô 0.68 ÔÇô 1.02 ÔÇô 1.16 ÔÇô 2.84
    1999-00 ÔÇô 4.69 ÔÇô 4.31 ÔÇô 10.01 -- 19.00

    The power consumption by pumps [1999-00]:

    Region ÔÇô number of pumps ÔÇô consumption by pump [units] ÔÇô Total consumption [lac units]
    Coastal Andhra [CA] ÔÇô 3,70,755 ÔÇô 4038 ÔÇô 14,970
    Rayalaseema[R] ÔÇô 4,26,589 ÔÇô 3769 ÔÇô 16,080
    Telangana [T] ÔÇô 11,35,569 ÔÇô 6013 ÔÇô 68,280

    Krishna and Godavari waters:

    Regarding Krishna water is concerned, all the three regions are using their allocated water as per Bachawat Tribunal. With reference to surplus water use is concerned, the projects were limited to foundation stones in 8 dry districts and the surplus water was illegally used by left and right canal of Nagarjunasagar and Prakasham barrage ayacut farmers for the last 25 years. They deprived the 8 dry districts in all the three regions. Now, everybody is going to face problems [water wars] with Brijesh Kumar tribunal. Telangana Think Tank supported this tribunal award and Karnataka interests as majority of the retired engineers are from Karnataka and Maharashtra including principal secretary of irrigation department and minister for major irrigation was from Telangana.

    Regarding the Godavari water though the allocations are around 3000 TMC [allocated plus surplus] but used only 25% of it. The Seemandhra project was built by Britishers. Now two major projects were proposed, namely Polavaram and Pranahita-Chevella. With these two and few other projects that were partially completed, the water use comes to around 50% only. The rest is going in to sea. Telangana Think Tank and TRS politicians were against these two projects. But now they changed a little bit.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

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  • Continuation of my above

    Continuation of my above comment:
    GM crops/Bt-Cotton:
    Previous NDA government encouraged the entry of GM crops in to India and now the present NDA government following the same. The first crop Bt-Cotton was permitted in 2002 and on this we filed PIL in AP High Court in 2003. Central government submitted its counter. Just at this time opponents purchased our advocate. Since 1998, I wrote several articles in daily news papers such as Vaartha, Prajashakthi, Andhra Jyothi, etc. Bt=Cotton is primarily grown in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka & AP. Centre for Sustainable Agriculture [CSA, Tarnaka, Hyderabad] is fighting against GM. We all represented to Supreme Court, PM and Planning Commission. I myself and two professors from Agriculture University and CSA members along with media visited farmers Bt-Cotton fields in Mahboobnagar district. Central Health minister [Mr. Thakur] spoke against GM food in Hyderabad in a conference, and by the time he reached Delhi his ousting orders were ready. In the case of AP, when Vadde Sobhanadreswara Rao the agriculture minister presented a report that showed Bt-Cotton performance poorer than non-Bt-Cotton, he was sidelined.
    Area under cotton increased very steeply with free power [power subsidy, fertilizer subsidy]. The companies choose Telangan region basically because of weather and well irrigation. The suicides are associated with Bt-cotton and power failures. Farmers associations are helping the company of Bt-Cotton and not the rulers. Government never asked the farmers to grow Bt-Cotton. There are farmers growing non-Bt-Cotton also. Bt-Cotton is also grown in whole of AP. The basic problem with the green revolution technology [GM crops is also a part] is that we distanced the animal husbandry from agriculture. This resulted high risk in cash crop agriculture.
    PDS. This is a big issue. Traditional Telangana climate supported crops are not supported by PDS ÔÇô the new food security bill has the provision. The Telangana government should implement this. But, this government is following the AP chief minister path, encouraging real estate over agriculture and running with the cocus. It is better to concentrate on the development of agriculture sector instead go on harping on the AP government.
    Here one important point to note is the loan waiver scheme. To get votes both TRS and TDP [now ruling Telangana and AP] promised to waive agriculture loans and Dwakra Women loans running into more than lack crores. With this they got elected to power. After coming in to power they are blaming Central government and Reserve Bank on this issue. Now, they say they pay this installments that runs in to more than two lakh crores of public money wasted for power. So, far no AP government wasted that much money during the entire 60 year period. Now both with the help of cocus enter in to big real estate business running in to lakhs of crores. Both of them have no respect for environment ÔÇô people ÔÇô farmers.

    Major and minor irrigation ministers were from Telangana during AP rule and the only PM from south was from Telangana. Thousands of crores were spent on minor irrigation but now they say nothing was spent. Recently a daily news paper presented these statistics.

    FarmerÔÇÖs agenda of mine same was reported by Narendra, CH under www.merinews.com and www.allvoices.com. The same is presented below:
    Farmer's Agenda proposed for 2014 elections Narendra Ch | 20 Mar 2014

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy, Formerly Chief Technical Advisor – WMO/UN & Expert – FAO/UN; Fellow, Andhra Pradesh Akademy of Sciences and Convenor, Forum for a better Hyderabad proposed Farmer’s Agenda for 2014 elections, mooted by Rythu Swarajya Vedika (RSV). He said that he originally proposed this in 2001 “Agriculture Black Paper” to counter “Agriculture White Paper” – that was developed to encourage corporate agriculture --, which was released by the Congress Legisaltive Praty in Andhra Pradesh in February, 2001. The contents of the agenda :

    1. Funds -- Demand for funds is most ambitious – 10% plus 25% of it as additional allocations every year [there is some difference in wording in English & Telugu version] means in five years it becomes 20% of the budget allocations. The central government is allocating lakhs of crores but nobody knows where this is going and how much is coming back. This needs an answer. These amounts could be effectively used.

    2. Flow Irrigation -- already we are using in excess over the allocated share under Bachawat Tribunal award from river Krishna. According to Bachawat Tribunal, we will not get allocated water in 25% of the years. Projects and crops were planned keeping this in mind. With the Brijesh Kumar tribunal award we will not be getting allocated water in 75% of the years. That means surplus water is available to use in only 25% of the years. With this, we have to change the water use and crop plan that overcome this situation. On this government filed SLP on legal grounds and I submitted an open letter to CJ of SC on technical issues asking him to consider it as suo-motto PIL under Quid-Pro-Co to reject the order and take action on the three judges of the tribunal for technical fraud to favor Karnataka.

    3. Climate change -- In the coming six decades on majority of the years we may have to face more drought years under natural variability in climate change perspective. This will severely affect the ground water based agriculture. Here, farmers must change from water intensive crops to crops and cropping pattern that are less water intense along with animal husbandry to supplement the income. Farmers must follow better water management practices such as micro irrigation. This becomes part of income security.

    4. Irrigation projects – Government must give top priority to complete irrigation projects – both flow and lift irrigation --. It is not difficult to complete. The government can get the required fund through controlling granite industry alone. TV9 presented a story on the illegal part of granite mining in Karimnagar alone running into thousands of crores each year.

    5. Power sector – there is a need to control employees in this department, they have become white elephants. We must encourage coordination between cooperative farming groups and electricity department officials to get 7 hours free power. At present this is misused by government agencies and putting the burden on common man, an extra-burden. Also, at the same time farmers must change their attitude in changing the efficient way of using power. At present 50% of the power under this is shown as inefficiently used. The pilferage at government level, industry level and farmers’ levels are increasing and as a result, power charges increasing day by day burdening common man.

    6. Power projects/production – Government must make mandatory to use solar power in domestic use both in urban and rural. Power saved is power produced, so bring down the energy losses to minimal. Build thermal power plants under public sector and discourage private players in this sector. By controlling illegal export of rice, cotton, etc. government can earn thousands of crores, which can be diverted to build these. Also, government must stream line salaries of government employees – previous government blindly increased the salaries & perks and thus this part reached around half the budgetary allocations. This is a big white elephant on the exchequer.

    7. Federations – we have seen these federations. They are solely serving MNCs interests and thus amassing wealth. GMOs are dumped on Indian farmers because of these groups only. We need cooperative farming at village level to overcome several ills of rural agriculture at farmers’ level & village/Mandal levels. This will help to get fertilizers without much hassles as government agreed to pay subsidy directly to farmers.

    8. State Agriculture Boards – They become white elephants like State Seed Corporation. It is essential to have crop-wise commodity boards to improve and help in getting better yields. These must be integrated with seed village programmes & cooperative farming system.

    9. Minimum support price -- Though government is issuing support prices for different crops, it is not reaching the farmers as middlemen are playing games. In this connection, I brought to the notice of PM on this issue. This was forwarded to Agriculture Ministry. The Deputy Minister visited AP and discussed with CM and asked him to implement minimum support price by paying through checks. Everybody talks of cost effective minimum support price but nobody looks at government investment in this – irrigation, power, subsidies, loans – instead looking at agriculture system to improve the economy of the farmers. As long as we go on harping on the government money we achieve little in agriculture and economy of farmers.

    10. Storage facilities -- We must demand to build storage facilities at local/Mandal level to reduce post-harvest losses and destruction under unusual conditions.

    11. Special packages -- We must not encourage special packages and ex-gratia to suicide victim family and instead develop a permanent alternate income generation mechanism at vulnerable local level and at the same time encourage farmers to move to systems that are less risky along with agribusiness.

    12. Discourage -- Discourage water intensive and high input cropping, particularly commercial crops such as cotton, groundnut, etc. Where ever such system is in practice, we must demand to implement crop rotation system similar to tobacco.

    13. Encourage -- Under rainfed agriculture and lift irrigation implement inter-cropping or multiple crops systems along with animal husbandry.

    http://www.merinews.com/clogArticle/farmers-agenda-proposed-for-2014-ele...

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

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  • Bankruptcy law has to be

    Bankruptcy law has to be enacted in which there should be provision to allow farmer to declare himself a bankrupt person unable to pay the loan upon which no recovery can be made by any bank or any money lender. The bankrupt person will lose his right to open an account in any bank in the country. This much punishment is enought It is the farmer alone who had been financing all wars, construction of all forts and palaces of kings including the Taj Mahal. What big obligation the bank has in the form of a few thousand rupees upon a farmer? The whole nation's entire national assets have been formed by farmers in last 5000 years.

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  • is there no way to control the suicides and the problems facing by the farmers?

    Posted by: Sree Nidhi | 3 years ago | Reply