Marathwada records more farmer suicides than even Vidarbha
MUMBAI: Farmer suicides in the drought-hit Marathwada region have seen a sharp rise in the first three months of the year, with fatalities surpassing those in the neighbouring Vidarbha region. Contrary to the state government’s claims, there has been no sign of farmer suicides reducing across the state either.
According to figures from the relief and rehabilitation department — the nodal body for drought- mitigation measures — 657 farmers have killed themselves in Maharashtra from January to March. During the same period in 2015, 645 farmers had committed suicide, while overall the number of fatalities last year was 3,228.
Marathwada was the worstaffected this year with 273 farmer suicides as against 214 in the first three months of 2015. Vidarbha, on the other hand, has reported 264 suicides from January to March as against 333 during the same period last year. CONTINUED ON P9