2 Nashik onion farm­ers end lives in a week

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE -

Many farm­ers across Ma­ha­rash­tra have not been get­ting proper price for their pro­duce and videos of pomegranates and other fruits be­ing de­stroyed by the frus­trated farm­ers have gone vi­ral. In Nashik, two onion farm­ers have com­mit­ted sui­cides.

Tatyab­hau Khairnar, an onion farmer from Bhadane vil­lage in Baglan taluka hanged him­self on De­cem­ber 6. Khairnar is sur­vived by his mother, wife and two daugh­ters.

Khairnar owned 2.25 acres farm­land and had a debt of `12 lakh. In the year 2017, Khairnar is said to have re­paid a loan of `6 lakh, which he had taken from HDFC bank. Af­ter that Khairnar re­quired more money but could not get a bank loan eas­ily and was forced to bor­row it from few peo­ple.

Khairnar could re­pay the pre­vi­ous loan be­cause last year there was a heavy rain­fall and got good pro­duce. This year due to the drought con­di­tion, the crop failed and Khairnar could not get a fair price for his pro­duce.

Mean­while, early this week, an­other onion farmer from the same taluka, Manoj Dhongde (33) con­sumed poi­son and ended his life. The sui­cide was con­firmed by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Since Jan­uary, 104 farm­ers in Nashik have com­mit­ted sui­cide.

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