‘first Bt.cotton sowing failed due to delayed rain then second seed sowing failed due poor quality of Bt.cotton seed and till bank crop loan is till awaited even after my father has committed suicide on 10th July 2010’ Vijay son of Nilkanth Mandavkar of village ladki in ralegoan taluka of worst hit yavtmal district .
Same day another tribal farmer Vasanta Atram of village Botoni in Maregoan taluka committed suicide due to failure of Bank’ and ‘BT. Cotton’, Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) President Kishor Tiwari who visited Ladki and Botoni villages today alleged in press note .
“My father Nilkanth Mandavkar brought Niziveedu company Mallika-Bt-NCS-207-Bt. Bolgard-II which failed then he did sowing of Vibha seed company’s DYNA-Bollgrad-II seed which also failed brining despair and distress as he purchased the seeds from seed dealer of wadki who is also money lender in credit hoping to get crop loan from District Cooperative Bank but when bankers refused him to give fresh crop loan he was forced to kill himself by consuming pesticide’ his son informed us when we visited ,Tiwari added.
‘Last year due to drought in the region there was crop failure and we did daughter’s marriage in May too by taking hand loan from all relatives ,hoping to get bank loan to return it, sudden Bt. Cotton seed failure twice has disturbed the financial management of the house that main reason of the distress’ his wife told us.
‘if Bt.cotton seed would not have failed and banker would have given the requisite legitimate crop loan as per directives of NABARD,Nilkanth Mandavkar would not have killed himself ’ Tiwari alleged.
“last year 20,000 villages in vidarbha are officially declared ‘drought hit ‘ but administration failed to give any relief to these cotton farmers of suicide prone region of Maharashtra more hostile attitude of bankers even after the RBI orders failed to give fresh credit to these dying farmers forcing them in same private money lender ‘d debt trap .vidarbha agrarian has further deepen and suicide of Nilkanth Mandavkar and Vasanta Atram are very much indicative of that and we urged administration to take these suicides very seriously in order to stop restarting suicide spiral of innocent cotton farmers of vidarbha region ”Tiwari added.