Visakhapatnam: The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said that 804 farmers committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh in 2016. In Telangana, 645 farmers ended their lives by committing suicides in 2016.
The suicides of farmers in AP witnessed a 12.22 per cent dip from the previous year (916 farmers’ suicides in 2015). But, AP stood second place in the highest number of farmers’ suicides in South India after Karnataka (2079 suicides of farmers)in 2016.
In Telangana, the suicides of farmers decreased from 1,400 in 2015 to 645 in 2016.
The NCRB in its latest Accidental Death and Suicide report for 2016 says that there were 67 farmer suicides every month or at two suicides every day in Andhra Pradesh.
The NCRB data says that the number of farmer suicides in the country plunged to 11,379 in 2016 from 12,360 in 2014 and 12,602 in 2015.
Maharashtra continued to be the top state with 3,661 suicides of farmers in 2016 followed by Karnataka with 2079 and Madhya Pradesh with 1321 suicides.
The NCRB report also said that majority of the farmers who ended their lives in India were men. But, the report has failed to explain the reasons for the suicides of the food growers.
CPM leaders Ch Narasinga Rao and B Ganga Rao said that the farmers’ suicides in 2016 are the result of the both BJP and TDP governments’ policies only.
Insufficient irrigation facilities, cheap credit and insurance, poor marketing facilities and no scientific prices for the crops are contributing to the most of the tragic decisions by the farmers in the state, they added.
Sources in police said that over 35 per cent of the farmers ‘suicides in Andhra Pradesh have been reporting in Rayalaseema region only. Crop failure, illness, family problems and loans and few others are the reasons for the suicides.
Crop loss for any reason (natural calamities or damage by wild animals and few others reasons) is a major setback for farmers in Andhra Pradesh as most of the farmers found it that difficult to get insurance claim (compensation) for the damaged crops.