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India: 3,515 Karnataka farmers committed suicide in last 4 years

Staff Writer | December 28, 2017
3,515 farmers in Karnataka committed suicide between April 2013 and November 2017, out of which 2,525 were due to drought and farm failure, statistics provided by the State Agriculture Department said.
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"3,515 farmers were reported to have committed suicide from April 2013 to November 2017, and from April 2008 to April 2012, as many as 1,125 farmers were reported to have committed suicide," it said.

Out of the 3,515 suicide cases reported, the agriculture department accepted 2,525 cases which were due to drought and crop failure, the data said.

From April 2015 to April 2017, as many as 2,514 suicide cases were reported, of which 1,929 cases were accepted, it added.

From April 2017 to November 2017, when the state received sufficient rainfall, as many as 624 suicide cases were reported. Of these, 416 cases were accepted, it said.

Agriculture Director BY Srinivas told PTI that as many as 112 suicide cases were pending for the want of ratification by a state government panel since 2013.

The highest number of suicides (1,483) were reported during 2015-16 and lowest (106) during 2013-14, Srinivas said.