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6 more farmers commit suicide, toll 1006

Tiwari has warned the state govt about the worsening condition of the cotton growers, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 19:44 IST

Six farmers including a woman, have ended their lives in the last 24 hours and the toll has touched 1006 since June last year.

According to reports reaching Nagpur on Monday, three farmers have committed suicide in Wardha district while two in Chandrapur and one in Washim district.

Among the farmers who had committed suicide in last 24 hours, one of them was woman.

The latest to join the spiraling list of suicide victims were: Bhaurao Sahane of Jauraborda, Prakash Dewade, Kapa (both in Chandrapur district), Jitendra Raut of Karli (Washim), Jagdish Dhawle of Talegaon, Subhadra Mahadeo Hajare of Arvi and Prashant Pundalik Lonkar of Wadhona (all in Wardha district).

As many as 398 farmers had taken the drastic step after the visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in the region and his announcement of an economic package of Rs 3750 crore in July 1 this year.

According to Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, which has been documenting the farmers’ deaths for the last one decade, as many as 73 farmers have ended their lives in October alone while 125 farmers had committed suicide last month, 111 in August and 90 in July this year. Most of the victims were cotton growers.

Tiwari pointed out that the situation would more aggravate next month as the state government has refused to give advance bonus to cotton growers under the cotton monopoly procurement scheme. The procurement season will begin from November 15.

He said the decision of the state government to pay Rs 1900 per quintal for raw cotton this year under the monopoly procurement scheme, has pushed down prices in the open market to Rs 1,500 and less. This has put the cultivators in the region in further trouble, he further said.

Tiwari also criticised the Deshmukh government for announcing the price over three weeks before the commencement of the actual procurement.