Cotton Belt

  • Why is Vidarbha's cotton belt now a suicide belt? November 30, 2011

    New Delhi: Farmer suicides in Vidarbha have been occurring since the last 15 years but they only came to light around 2005. Post that the government announced several schemes and packages for the cotton farmers, including the much hyped Prime Minister's package. But Vidarbha still has just 4 per cent...
  • Moneylender 'sets' farmer ablaze June 21, 2007

    Akola (Maharashtra): A cotton farmer in Akola is fighting for survival in hospital after being set ablaze allegedly by a moneylender. Mohan Bhati's father had taken a loan of Rs 50,000 from the moneylender in 1998. Mohan says the loan has been repaid, but this is what he was made to...
  • Khaki on the edge in Vidarbha June 20, 2007

    New Delhi: Some grim statistics from Vidarbha and this time it's not farmers, even policemen are committing suicide. In less than two months, six Nagpur policemen have ended their lives. Work pressure and stress, says wife of late sub-inspector Haridas Gopale in Nagpur, was what killed her husband. Ratna Gopale...
  • Farmer suicide belt makes a killing June 10, 2007

    Vidarbha: Barely a week ago, Ramdas Chaple was discussing plans for his daughter's marriage. Today his family is mourning his death. His elder son Prashant carries gunny bags and the younger one Amit works at a pan shop for a living. Their father like many others has fallen victim to the...
  • Vidarbha farmers, a superstitious lot April 26, 2007

    Baldana (Maharashtra): It always pays to know the future, especially if you are a farmer in Vidarbha, Maharashtra, infamous for its suicides. So when Ram Das Maharaj - the unofficial local soothsayer - makes his predictions for the year ahead, people listen. Says a resident, Samadhan Hiwake, "The predictions for rain are...
  • Farmers snub b'day boy Pawar December 12, 2006

    New Delhi: NCP Chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is celebrating his 66th birthday on Tuesday and his party is doing it in style. Almost all the NCP legislators in Maharashtra have taken the day off. They are giving the Assembly session a miss and flying to Delhi to greet...
  • Oranges turn sour for Maha farmers November 10, 2006

    Shiwan village (Maharashtra): Shravan Meshram is getting rid of what he treasures the most - oranges. Untimely rains hit his small orchard and most of his oranges are now rotten. Shravan is now left with no option other than throwing away his priced produce. And he is not the only...
  • Vidarbha: 5 more farmers end lives October 24, 2006

    Nagpur: Five more farmers from the Vidarbha region have committed suicide since Monday, taking the total number of suicides since June 2005 to 1,011, an NGO working for the cause of farmers claimed on Tuesday. The NGO, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, claimed in a release that Pralhad Natthuji Kadu of Belora...
  • BJP to meet Prez over farmer suicide October 10, 2006

    Mumbai: Farmer suicides in Vidarbha are once again being politicised in Maharashtra. Maharashtra state BJP president Nitin Gadkari claimed on Monday that the aid package announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit has provided no relief to farmers and suicides have, infact, doubled after his visit. “Nearly 1,200 farmers...
  • 301 farmer suicides since July: NGO September 23, 2006

    Nagpur: An NGO working for the cause of farmers in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region, Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, on Saturday claimed that a total of 301 bankrupt farmers have committed suicide. The Samiti alleged that 902 farmers have taken the extreme step since June 2005 in six cotton-growing districts of the region...