Nagpur-12th august 2009
Nagpur base regional daily Tarun bharat today reported that in farm suicide hit yavatmal district six more drought facing cotton farmers committed suicide in last 24 Hrs.,as per news item the names of fresh victims are
1.ramesh hemne of rani amaravati,
2.rajendra vaidya of saikheda,
3.sakharam dhurve of wagholi,
4.khandu mukade of village kondai 5.vasudeo waghmare in malmasola and
6.vishnu ghoge in kali tebhi
all in yaval district ."this is shocking news for us,we have asked our activist to visit the all villiage and give first hand informanation as this is serious indication of agrarian crisis triggering farm suicides" Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) informed in press note today.
Vidarbha is staring at the worst ever drought this year with an unprecedented short fall in monsoon rain , pest epidamic destroying standing crop and steep decline in ground water level as these four-month (June-September) monsoon is the main source of water for irrigation in the country.
Nature seems to have turned against Vidarbha this year as with half of the kharif season over, the region has received less than 40% of the normal rainfall. If it does not rain in good measure in next five days, it could lead to a drought in the region., The situation is worse in western Vidarbha, a mainly cotton and soyabean growing area, which received a meagre 35% of the average rainfall this monsoon in the already distressed, farmers' suicide-hit Amravati division as well in eastern Vidarbha's Nagpur division
for want of rains, sowing could take place in less than 80 per cent of the total cultivable land, Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) informed in a letter addressed to Indian prime minister Dr.Manmohan singh urging him to send team of experts to make spot assessment of emerging severe drought like condition in farm suicide hit vidarbha .
'Maharashtra chief Minister Ashok Chavan should visit vidarbha and arrange to call for the emergency meeting of all district collectors, agriculture officers and experts, chief executive officers of zilla parishads, forest department and electricity distribution company officials to discuss measures in the event of the drought-like situation getting worse if it does not rain in the next week 'kishor tiwari of VJAS added.
As the total water in reservoirs of the major dams in the vidarbha is about 34 percent as ground water level ha sdroped down considebely there will not enough water for drinking water purpose hence VJAS has asked the administration to take step to protect dam water and henceforth should not be allowed for crop irrigation. VJAS urge officials to arrange fodder on a war-footing as demand is already coming for supplies from districts like yavatmal,akola,washim,buldhana where rainfall this season has been abysmally poor," said tiwari.
farmers in the drought-prone Vidarbha region of Maharashtra welcomed the first showers of monsoon which were delayed and
completed the sowing of cotton and soyabean but this dry spell coupled with pest attacks have now damaged more than 50% standing cash crop of the region which has added fuel in existing despair gloom in already distressed farmers hence we want urgent relief from