The Centre is conducting a study to ascertain agrarian distress in major farmer suicide-hit states, Parliament was informed on Friday. The data on number of farmer suicides during 2016 has not yet been compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The most recent NCRB data showed number of farmer suicides to be 12,602 in 2015, with maximum reported in Maharashtra (4,291), followed by Karnataka. It is an-all India coordinated study conducted in work plan 2016-17 periods by Bengaluru-based Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC). “Taking cognizance of the problem of agrarian distress and consequent farmer’s suicide in country, government has undertaken a study-Farmers suicide in India: causes and policy prescription,” Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. Mr. Singh emphasized that agriculture is a state subject and so the state governments take appropriate measures for development of agriculture, while the central government supplements the efforts of the states.
This study was undertaken by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NIAP) under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav initiative. As per the preliminary reports received from states, total area sown under Rabi crops as on January 27 stands at 637.34 lakh hectare as compared to 600.02 lakh hectare in the same period, a year ago, indicating no significant impact of demonetisation on Rabi sowing, Singh added. To a separate query on impact of demonetisation on farming sector, the minister said a short survey conducted in few villages around Delhi could not establish “any significant adverse effect of demonetisation on input availability, market arrivals of produce and area sown in Rabi season”.
This is an edited feed from the Press Trust of India wire.