Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: Trend of suicides among farmers in Marathwada, who have been facing heavy unseasonal rains for three years in a row seems to be rising.
Farmers are under distress due to mounting debt, barrenness and unseasonal rains destroying their crops. Shockingly, as many as 214 farmers have committed suicide in Marathwada in the last three months.
According to the official statistics available up to March 31 on an average two farmers are committing suicide per day.
Especially, most suicides were reported in Beed district with 65 farmers suicide cases reported in the last 90 days followed by Dharashiv district which registered 43 such cases, Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar 32, Nanded district 31, Parbhani 18 ,Jalna district 15,Latur district 14 and Hingoli district 05.
First heavy rains and now unseasonal rains have caused huge losses to farmers in Marathwada.
Heavy rains during the Kharif season literally washed away the crops. In some places even the soil of the fields was washed away. Due to these huge losses, the farmer has become helpless.
The statistic further stated that out of the 214 suicide cases, 93 cases have been found liable for compensation.
As per the rule and compensation has been given to next of kins of 10 such deceased by the respective district administrations.
Meanwhile, claims in 15 cases were rejected following official inquiries made by the respective district administrations, and the remaining 106 cases are still pending for inquiries, the statistic added.