Four more Vidarbha Drought Hit Farmers Suicides on the Eve of Independence Day
farmers suicide toll is 5 times more than swine flu toll in the country
Nagpur-14th august 2009,
1.Sudam Rathode of villiage Sukali taluka Arni in Yavatmal District
2.Dilip Sahare of villige Hiwara barsa in Zari taluka of Yavatmal District
3.Hansraj Raut of villige Nilaj in Sakoli of Bhadara District.
4.Sukhadev Rathode of Gramviratha in Washim District.
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 has dropped down considerably 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 administration ,tiwari added.