Farmer suicides remain high despite central and state financial packages

Farmer suicides continue to be a big problem for the country. Although the Center and the states offer numerous programs and financial packages to alleviate the distress of farmers, NCRB data shows that the incidence of farmer suicides remained high between 2014 and 2020; 5,600 farmers died by suicide in 2014 and 5,500 in 2020. If you add farm workers to the 2020 count, the number of suicides rises to over 10,600.

More than 4,000 of the agricultural sector suicides recorded in 2020 – 40% – occurred in Maharashtra. And responses to an RTI query indicate that in the first 9 months of 2021, more than 2,400 such cases were recorded in the state.

CNBC-TV18 Santia Gora traveled to Yavatmal in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra to find out why the situation there is so dire.

Watch the video to learn more.

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