Four vidarbha cotton farmers commit suicide in day on the eve Raksha Bandhan
Drought Prone Condition in Vidarbha - Crop over 3.2.Million Hector is in Danger
On the eve of first big festival of after the start of monsoon “Rakha Bandhan-Rakhi” ,four cotton farmers committed suicides due to sudden crop failure ,as per the reports the fresh victims of on going agararian crisis in vidarbha are
1.Ramdas Pawar in Yavatmal
2.Madan Andale in Amaravati
3.Prakash Kokate in Akola
4.Dadarao Mankar in Akola
All traditional cotton growers under huge debt and lost standing crops after the dry spell of rain and pest attack.
‘It’s unfortunate that spiral farm suicide in west may restart due to very high investments in standing cotton crop and erratic behavior of rain god, in vidarbha not only crop condition but whole region is in economic crisis. Drought may bring unusual drinking water, power, food and health crisis, administration should act fast to stop innocent victimization of distressed cotton farmer to avoid the suicide like extremity by providing immediate relief of food security, employment, debt reconstruction’ Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti informed in press note today
thodelayed monsoon arrival and irregular showers in June and 15 days dry spell as there is no rain in most of part of vidarbha has created serious panic in more than 3 million farmers as if there are no showers in next seven days then there will server drought this year ,drought prone condition has increased despair and gloom allover vidarbha as cotton-soyabean-paddy crop over 3.2.million hector is in danger , Mohan Jadhav secretary of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti futher added press note today.
VJAS team after touring vidarbha in a memorandum to chief minister of Maharashtra Ashok Chavan urged to act on dought prone condition of vidarbha as farmers complain despite their prevailing condition there has been no help forthcoming from Government.
Soyabean farmers in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra are most effected due to dual nature of hardship as complete soyabean in vidarbha under 1.6 million hector has been attacked by semilooper pests. farmers already spent huge amount of money on semilooper pest management but it has destroyed soyabean plants at massive scale but administration aid is till awaited .VJAS urged chief minister to arrange requisite help to dying soyabean growers of vidarbha..
This year in vidarbha record 2 million hector area is under Bt.cotton cultivation which required assured rain and intensive care for harvesting and sudden climate change after dry spell of 15 days ,there is massive attack of mealy bug on cotton crop coupled with root rot disease damaging the standing cotton crop beyond repair ,this has increased input cost of cultivation to large extent and will drop down the yield too, memorandum added.
“Vidarbha farmers are facing very difficult time not only due to first delayed monsoon and now no rain and massive attack of pest and mealy bug but severe shortage of urea and fertilizer black-marketing is adding fuel their hardship. vidarbha farmers needs food security and health care to avoid distress being converted into extremity of suicide as recommended by Prof.Narendra Jadhav Committee Report ”Kishore Tiwari urged the administration.
“All political leaders are election mood which due in October but nobody is looking serious issue of dying farmers if this dry spell is continued then not only all standing crops will be damaged 100% but there will be big problem of drinking water and fodder to cattle. it’s high time for Govt. to act” Mohan Jadhav secretary of VJAS added in press note .
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