Thursday, January 21, 2016

Shocking Farmer Suicide Epidemic

"India's shocking farmer suicide epidemic. Falling into a debt-trap and besieged by bad weather, thousands of farmers are taking their own lives each year. "

"In the last 20 years, nearly 300,000 farmers have ended their lives by ingesting pesticides or by hanging themselves. Maharashtra state - with 60,000 farmer suicides - tops the list."
Bhagwan Datatery said his father was under tremendous financial pressure before killing himself [Baba Umar/Al Jazeera]'_suicides_in_India

In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau of India reported 5,650 farmer suicides.[1] The highest number of farmer suicides were recorded in 2004 when 18,241 farmers committed suicide.[2] The farmers suicide rate in India has ranged between 1.4 to 1.8 per 100,000 total population, over a 10-year period through 2005.[3]

India is an agrarian country with around 60% of its people depending directly or indirectly upon agriculture. Farmer suicides account for 11.2% of all suicides in India.[1] Activists and scholars have offered a number of conflicting reasons for farmer suicides, such as monsoon failure, high debt burdens, genetically modified crops, government policies, public mental health, personal issues and family problems.[4][5][6] There are also accusation of states fudging the data on farmer suicides.[7]

Related Links:

Posted on the video from 2011
National Crime Records Bureau says over 200,00 farmers in Punjab have committed suicide since 1997 due to the fact that they are heavily in debt and unable to repay their lenders. 

Punjabi farmers are also going through a water crisis in which the Indian government has restricted water rights for irrigation, making it extremely inefficient and expensive for farmers to maintain their crops and land.

The Government has also allowed for the usage of unregulated pesticides and fertilizers to counterbalance the low productivity resulting in major health problems in the people of Punjab.
Saint Soldier &; Sukhraj have written and performed this track in hopes of raising global awareness of this issue.

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

Jan 7, 2016 - The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) provides information and resources to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the ...

Suicide Prevention – Find A Crisis Centre

May 28, 2014 - Crisis Centres are located across Canada in communities of all sizes. Many offer telephone support 24 hours a day, and most are associated 
British Columbia
CMHA British Columbia division
Crisis Centre
Here To Help
Youth In B.C.
Counselling B.C.

No comments: