Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis getting Worst: threeTwo cotton farmers died due excessive exposure to pesticide spraying along with eight farmers and farm worker suicides in last three days
Nagpur-15th September 2009
The desperate attempt to save cotton crop from military worm ,white fly, aphids ,jessids, thriph ,mealy bug means all types of sucking pest along with deadly layla (reding of leaves) attack ,three innocent farmers reported dead in yavatmal district of vidarbha ,they are
1.Rama Madavi ,a tribal farmer from runza
2.Meghnand Narayan Jadhav of village zira and
3. Janardhan Warlu Lingual of vilaige shirpur
As per reports received that rama madavi who was struggling whith his life after getting ill due pesticide poisoning while spraying succumbed to toxic killer chemicals today earlier yesterday another banjara farmer meghnand jadhav who was doing sprayin indosulphon banned pesticide in the world, was fallen ill in the night and he was taken near by Runza PHC who refered him Govt. Medical College where declared dead similarly janardhan lingual of shirpur become unconscious while spaying pesticide and was taking near PHC in shirpur where in died with out treatments that is happening all the time in rural hospital in vidarbha , Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti in press note today.
Today three more innocent farmers suicides have been reported in vidarbha they are
1.Bhimrao Rathode of Villiage Pimpri in Yavatmal
2.Digamber Wankhede of Villiage Vidhud in Yavatmal
3.Waman Chabile of Village Takali in Yavatmal
As earlier VJAS reported a farm lady worker
4.Sundana Pandurang Barallawar of Village Mukutban in Yavatmal
Committed suicide on Sunday due to deep stress on not getting the farm work in the district yesterday in addition to the causality five more innocent farmers suicide in cotton belt of vidarbha
5.Sahebrao Deshmukh in Yawali Shahid of Amaravati
6.Devendra Kurhade in Arvi of Wardha .
7.Ramdas Choudhari in Bhedgaon of Chandrapur
8.Sharad Bhoyar in Rui-Wai of Yavatmal
9.Gajanan Dawas in Warud of Yavatmal.
“the pest epidemic is damaging the cotton crop and there is NREGA work in the vidarbha where as NRHM and PDS schemes is collapsed resulting farmers and farm workers suicides .Ministers and officers are too busy in election to look at these dying people of Maharashtra where as some of lower level officers are denying the basic relief in the name of moral code of conduct ,it’s much disturbing to see on going political drama in the mist of this gloom” tiwari said
‘On cotton crop now there is military worm attack in addition to white fly, aphids ,jessids, thriph ,mealy bug means all types of sucking pest along with deadly layla (reding of leaves) attack has come ,it means all over’ Prem chavan of village Maregaon(son) in kelapur –yavatmal informed .
“In the mega advertisement of bt.cotton seed ,farmers are told that Cotton plants are having Drought tolerance and,the Genetically Engineered Bacillus Thuringenesis that cotton seed has capacity to produce antibiotic resistance to pest attack resulting in lower use of contact and non contact type pesticide and insecticide now days not only inbuilt toxin failed but there is response to all pesticide and insecticide”,informed Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti in press note .
It’s worst epidemic of pest attack on cash crops of rain fed Vidarbha and Marathwada,the backward portion of progressive Maharashtra which are soybean and cotton ,initially military worm damaged all standing soybean crop now this sucking pest will certainly off set rural economic balance of the region creating more despair and distress among the debt trap dying farmers ,Tiwari added..