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Farmer suicides in india

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This presentation highlights the issue of farmer suicides in India, the difficulties they face, our interventions to address their issues and its impact on them.

This presentation highlights the issue of farmer suicides in India, the difficulties they face, our interventions to address their issues and its impact on them.


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  • 1. On an average 38 farmers commit suicide everyday in India… Source : NCRB reports
  • 2. 1803 women farmers committed suicide in 2012... Source : NCRB reports
  • 3. 13754 farmers committed suicide in the country in 2012… Source : NCRB reports
  • 4. Almost 75 per cent of farmer suicides have occurred amongst the small and medium farmers. Source: Farmers'SuicideReport by Dr. Narendra Jadhav
  • 5. Indebtedness was the reason behind the suicide of 93% farmers. Source: Farmers'SuicideReport by Dr. Narendra Jadhav
  • 6. Reasons for Indebtedness Increasing cost of agriculture inputs Reduced price of agriculture produces Repeated crop loss Indebtedness Withdrawal of government support Increasing dependence on money lenders at high rates of interest. Source : Report on Farmer’s suicide in India by Navdanya
  • 7. Difficulties faced by Marginalized and Small Farmers • Lack of knowledge about low input sustainable farming systems • Push towards commodity crops such as cotton even in rainfed areas • Lack of access to good quality seeds • High input costs of seeds and fertilizers • Lack of access to formal credit systems • Exposed to volatile global market and no support system in place
  • 8. ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMME OF SWISSAID INDIA
  • 9. OUR WORK Training of Lead Farmers Accessing Government Schemes Alternative Agricultural Practices ORGANIC FARMING Scale up of best Agricultural practices Demonstration Farms Crop Diversification
  • 10. Highlights of 2012
  • 11. LOWER COSTS 1945 marginalized farmers have reduced cultivation costs by 20%
  • 12. NO FARMER SUICIDE In 95 project villages where we work have reported no suicide since we started our intervention.
  • 13. AGRICULTURAL INPUTS 1311 Families accessed government subsidized inputs & services.
  • 14. WOMEN FARMERS 1024 women farmers are practicing organic farming techniques.
  • 15. Overall 7520 Organic Farmers who benefited through our Projects in 2012.