'Farmers must be given a better deal'
Continuing farmer suicides are unacceptable in a modern society, said the Kerala governor.india Updated: Jan 26, 2007 12:53 IST
Continuing farmer suicides are unacceptable in a modern society and it is up to not just the government but also the people to ensure that they are given a better deal, Kerala Governor RL Bhatia said on Friday in his Republic Day address.
Presiding over the Republic Day celebrations at the Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, Bhatia unfurled the national flag and took salute at the march past. He also distributed awards for meritorious services in a function attended by Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan, ministers and top officials.
Declaring that farmer suicides were a shame, he said Kerala must make advances in the financial sector.
Reports indicate that after Achuthanandan took over last May, about 60 farmers, mostly in Wayanad and Palakkad, have taken their lives following huge debts due to falling prices of agricultural produce, especially cash crops like pepper and areca nut.
"This is not only the responsibility of the government but of the entire society," said Bhatia.