Bt.cotton failure : Seven Vidarbha Farmers suicides in last 72 hours due to Crop Damage and Toxic Pesticide claims 28 Farm Workers in this month in Yavatmal alone
Nagpur -30th September 2012
When Bt.cotton seed companies are painting rosy picture of changing vidarbha cotton farmers economy, claiming bumper crop in some of section of media same time in last 72 hours seven more vidarbha farmers killed themselves due to Bt.cotton damages after massive pest attack ruined crop even after cotton farmers did more than 4 to 5 spray of very toxic pesticide resulting in more than 28 farmlabourers death in last 30 days in most effected Yavatmal district alone due to unscrupulous and unprotected handling of pesticides as per media reports where as administration confirmed these farm labors death due to unknown reason of food poisoning and also admitting that more than 150 farm labors involved in toxic spray handling fallen ill and reported in Govt. run hospitals this month exposing pathetic scenario of dying vidarbha which is under agrarian crisis since 2005 and distressed and despair due to frequent Bt.cotton crop failure resulting the massive debt has been sighted as main reason of this mass genocide of innocent vidarbha farmers.
With the deaths of these seven farmers, the toll has risen to 59 this month alone while the figure was 48 last month. As many as 565 farmers have killed themselves in the region because of agrarian crisis since January this year while the figure was 918 last year, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti ,farmer's pressure group working for rights of dying cotton farmers informed in press release today .
The recent victims include father and son from village Kopari in Buldhanaidentified as
1.Baliram Wagh of Kopari in Buldhana
2.Shivaji Wagh of Kopari in Buldhana
3.Rama Kharat of Giroli in Buldhana.
4.Prakash Jadhav of Koregoan in Buldhana
5.Sunil Choudhary of Karanja inwashim
6.Yashvant Chavan of Sultanpur In Amaravati .
7.Shankar Mudalkar of Yari in Yavatmal
The National Human Rights Commission has already served a notice to the state government for the suicide by seven farmers in three days in the region last week because of agrarian crisis. The NHRC served notice on a petition filed by Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti.
The NHRC asked the state chief secretary to file a report in six weeks after taking note of the media reports claiming that seven farmers committed suicide in three days last week in the region. The NHRC said that if the report was true, it raised a "serious issue" of rights violation of farmers, Tiwari said.