Crop insurance and the agrarian crisis in India4 min read 22 Jun 2017, 02:00 AM IST
Crop insurance has failed to provide much-needed relief to farmers from destitution
With one farmer committing suicide every half-an-hour, the number of farmers who have ended their lives as per official records in India is estimated at over 300,000 over the past two decades. These numbers do not include suicides by agricultural labourers, though they too are victims of the agrarian crisis. As each death affects at least the immediate family of the deceased, the number of persons in severe distress is very large. With over half the country dependent on agriculture for a livelihood, these suicides constitute a colossal agrarian crisis in India.
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