Maharashtra Farmers' Deaths: 557 Farmers Commit Suicide in First 6 Months of 2024 in Amravati Division, Says Govt Data

By Lokmat English Desk | Published: July 10, 2024 03:23 PM2024-07-10T15:23:44+5:302024-07-10T15:23:49+5:30

At least 557 farmers have committed suicide in five districts under the Amravati administrative division of Maharashtra between January ...

Maharashtra Farmers' Deaths: 557 Farmers Commit Suicide in First 6 Months of 2024 in Amravati Division, Says Govt Data | Maharashtra Farmers' Deaths: 557 Farmers Commit Suicide in First 6 Months of 2024 in Amravati Division, Says Govt Data

Maharashtra Farmers' Deaths: 557 Farmers Commit Suicide in First 6 Months of 2024 in Amravati Division, Says Govt Data

At least 557 farmers have committed suicide in five districts under the Amravati administrative division of Maharashtra between January and June 2024, government official data stated. The five districts in the division are Amravati, Akola, Buldhana, Washim and Yavatmal.

According to the data reported in the report, which is prepared by the Amravati divisional Commissionerate revelled that around 557 farmers committed suicide in the division from January to June 2024. Of them, the highest number of 170 suicides were recorded in Amravati district, followed by 150 in Yavatmal, 111 in Buldhana, 92 in Akola and 34 in Washim.

The government has provided assistance to the families of the deceased in 53 cases, while 284 cases are pending for inquiry, the report said. 

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Reacting to the figures mentioned in the report, Congress leader Balwant Wankhade, who represents the Amravati Lok Sabha seat, said Maharashtra is one of the states that records the highest number of farmer suicides, and Amravati tops the state on this count.

"Crop losses, lack of adequate rainfall, existing debt burden and absence of timely farm loan are some of the major reasons that drive farmers towards taking the extreme step....The government should fulfil its assurances of doubling the income of farmers and provide assistance to them," he said.

Chairperson of the state government's Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swavlambi Mission, Nilesh Helonde-Patil, said the suicide of farmers was a serious issue and efforts were on to find a solution to stop such deaths.

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