Seven Vidarbha Farmers suicides in last 72 hours due to Crop Damage and Toxic Pesticide claim 28 Farm Workers, this month in Yavatmal alone.
Nagpur -30th September 2012
When Bt.cotton seed companies are painting rosy picture of changing vidarbha cotton farmers economy, claiming bumper crop in some of section of media same time in last 72 hours seven more vidarbha farmers killed themselves due to Bt.cotton damages after massive pest attack ruined crop even after cotton farmers did more than 4 to 5 spray of very toxic pesticide resulting in more than 28 farmlabourers death in last 30 days in most effected Yavatmal district alone due to unscrupulous and unprotected handling of pesticides as per media reports where as administration confirmed these farm labors death due to unknown reason of food poisoning and also admitting that more than 150 farm labors involved in toxic spray handling fallen ill and reported in Govt. run hospitals this month exposing pathetic scenario of dying vidarbha which is under agrarian crisis since 2005 and distressed and despair due to frequent Bt.cotton crop failure resulting the massive debt has been sighted as main reason of this mass genocide of innocent vidarbha farmers.
This year initially rain delayed forced farmers for re-sowing then heavy rain and flood has made life of rural vidarbha miserable resulting in very heavy damages to Bt.cotton crop ,now this months attack of pest and mealy bug has further damaged the crop forcing farmers to go for uncontrolled pesticides spray resulting as per media report that 28 workers have died in a span of 30 days due to poisoning due to pesticides. While over 150 persons have fallen victim of the poisoning in the district since August last and it reported that these.
‘In Maharashtra Political Parties in power and opposition are raising issue of massive irrigation scam and FDI as a concern for the dying debt trapped farmers but at ground level none of these parties and administration are getting time to look at pathetic condition and reason despair that is killing farmer community and to provide healing touch of food security, crop damage compensation, health facility, sustainable environment friendly agriculture practices and debt relief measures and rural economic and social system restoration which is need of hour’ Tiwari said.
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